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Building and Registry Opening Times

Building and Registry Opening Times

The Supreme Court building

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (UKSC) is open to the public, parties and media.

The Court is functioning in accordance with government guidance, in support of the administration of justice and rule of law.

Some JCPC cases in the Michaelmas list will continue to take place by video conference. All hearings are available to watch live and on-demand via our websites.

UKSC judgments in Michaelmas term will be handed down in the Court, on Wednesdays at 9.45am. They will continue to be live streamed via the UKSC website. Judgments will be announced one week in advance, as usual.

Public enquiries

Enquires by phone and email – Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.


Friday 24 December Open – Building 9am – 2pm; enquiries line 9am – 12pm
Monday 27 December Closed
Tuesday 28 December Closed
Wednesday 29 December – Thursday 30 December Open – Building and enquiries line 10am–4pm
Friday 31 December Building 10am–4pm; enquiries line 9am–12pm
Monday 3 January Closed

The Registries

The Registry public counter is open 11am to 3pm Monday-Thursday and the Registry staff will answer telephone and email enquiries 10am–4pm Monday–Friday, during law terms. Parties should file their papers remotely.

For further information see Lord Reed's practice notice which was issued on 25 September 2020.

The Registry will close at 4.00pm on Wednesday 15 December 2021 and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

If your time limit for filing documents expires on a business day during this vacation period, it will be extended automatically until 5 January 2022.

This is provided for by UKSC Practice Direction 2.1.8 and JCPC Practice Direction 2.1.8. (Please note that this does not mean that documents due on or after 5 January 2022 are subject to any automatic extension.)