News release

03/2017 - News release

Supreme Court confirms Scottish sitting dates

10 April 2017

The UK Supreme Court has today announced it will sit in Edinburgh between Monday 12 to Thursday 15 June 2017.

The Court will sit as a panel of five judges, with Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court presiding. The Court will hear three cases over the four day period:

Date Time Case name Summary
12 June 2017
11:00 to 16:00 Sadovska and another v Secretary of State for the Home Department This appeal relates to the evidential burden on the state when disrupting 'sham marriages'.
13 June 2017
10:30 to 16:00 Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority v Elsick Development Company Limited This appeal relates to the correct legal test to be applied when assessing planning obligations, and the extent to which planning authorities are bound to comply with national planning policy.
14 June 2017
10:30 to 16:00 Brown v The Scottish Ministers This appeal relates to the obligation on the state to assist the rehabilitation of determinate sentence prisoners. Lord Carloway will sit on the panel to hear this appeal.
15 June 2017
10:30 to 13:00

On Thursday afternoon a number of the Justices will be speaking at a professional development session at the invitation of the Law Society of Scotland.

As announced in March, the Court will sit in the City Chambers, home of City of Edinburgh Council.

Arrangements are being made for approximately 120 seats for members of the public to attend and observe hearings on a first come first served basis. This is a larger capacity than the Court's main courtroom in London. Following its usual practice, the Court will not be reserving seats or issuing tickets in advance.

The Supreme Court can also confirm that, in co-operation with the City of Edinburgh Council, its proceedings will be live streamed via the Supreme Court website in the usual way.

To avoid disappointment, those planning on travelling within Scotland or from further afield to observe proceedings who do not have a particular interest in the Sadovska case are encouraged to avoid the first day of hearings, 12 June, when demand for seats is expected to be at its highest.

On Wednesday 14 June at 4.15pm, after the court has risen, a free public talk will be given in the Council Chamber by Mark Ormerod, Chief Executive of the Supreme Court. Mark will offer an overview of the Supreme Court building and how the Court uses its accommodation in central London, aimed particularly at those who have not yet had a chance to visit in person. Visitors observing the afternoon session are welcome stay on for the talk, and those interested in joining specially for the presentation are free to do so by arriving at City Chambers by 4pm (space permitting). The event will finish by around 5.15pm.


UKSC contacts:

Ben Wilson - Head of Communications
020 7960 1887

Cheryl Walmsley - Communications & Outreach Manager
020 7960 1886