Access to The Supreme Court building
PJS -v- News Group Newspapers Ltd
Important information regarding access to The Supreme Court building on 21 April 2016
Members of the public wishing to visit the building on the morning of Thursday 21st April are advised that we are expecting a large number of visitors to attend the hearing PJS v News Group Newspapers. Those not specifically coming for that purpose are encouraged to visit in the afternoon, or choose another day to visit the building.
The hearing will be heard in the largest courtroom, and the Court has made arrangements for an 'overflow' courtroom where a live audio/visual feed of the proceedings will be shown. Even with these arrangements in place, we do expect that demand for seats is likely to exceed the number of spaces we can safely make available to the public. For this reason, a queuing system will be put in place, with those arriving earliest being offered seats in the courtroom; once that is full, a further tranche of visitors will be allowed into the overflow room.
The court building will open to the public from 8.45am on the day; the hearing itself will start at 0930 and finish at around 1300.
Those interested in the hearing are reminded that the proceedings will be streamed live via our Supreme Court Live service.
The Court will also strictly enforce a prohibition on photography or filming within the building, and visitors are discouraged from bringing such equipment with them.
It would also assist efficient reception of visitors if those seeking access to the building brought as little luggage as possible and were prepared for an airport-style security scan upon arrival.
The Supreme Court does reserve the right to suspend temporarily admission to the building, should the number of visitors and professional court users exceed our safe capacity.