News release

News release

UK Supreme Court's 2019-20 Annual Report and Accounts published

19 September 2020

Today, the 2019-20 Annual Report and Accounts of the Supreme Court was laid in Parliament, covering the Court's tenth full financial year.

Writing his first forward as the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Reed begins by paying tribute to his "exceptional" predecessor, Lady Hale, who retired in January 2020. He says it was "very fitting that she should be President during our tenth anniversary year" as she "wholeheartedly supported the establishment of the UKSC" and "worked tirelessly from the inception of the Court until her retirement to ensure its high standard".

Lord Reed also charts the other changes to the bench during the reporting year, including the appointment of a new Justice (Lord Hamblen) and Deputy President (Lord Hodge) and the retirement of one Justice (Lord Carnwath).

Lord Reed points to the Court's first sitting in Wales which took place in the National Assembly building in Cardiff in July 2019 as one of the highlights of the year and he thanks the Presiding Officer and her staff, the High Sheriff and the legal community in Cardiff for their warm welcome.

Lord Reed ends on a more sombre note by acknowledging the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) towards the end of the reporting period, but says how pleased he was that through the rapid adoption of technology, the Court was able to continue to hand-down judgments and hear cases and to provide access to the live-streaming service whilst also ensuring that staff were protected and supported.

The Chief Executive, Mark Ormerod, details some of the events that took place to mark the Court's tenth anniversary.

He also reflects on the Court's successful sittings in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff in recent years and pays tribute to the immense work of staff who ensured that the Court's work continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

As this will be Mark Ormerod's final Annual report as Chief Executive he ends be offering thanks and best wishes to all with whom he has worked with over the past five years.

Supreme Court judgments and Permission to Appeal applications

The Report sets out how the Supreme Court heard 81 appeals and delivered 54 judgments between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020. The number of applications for permission to appeal determined by the justices was 238.

Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), which is co-located with the Supreme Court and shares the Court's administration, heard 40 appeals during 2019-2020. The JCPC gave 45 judgments and determined 64 permission to appeal applications.

Financial information

In financial terms, the Court's net operating cost (this excludes changes to the valuation of the building) increased to £6,133k (from £5,156k in 2018-19). The accounts show that the Supreme Court and JCPC incurred total expenditure of £14,323k during 2019-20 (£7,219k of which was judicial and staff costs), and recouped almost £8,190k in court fees, contributions from the UK court services, and other income.

The Statement of Comprehensive Net Expenditure represents the net total resources consumed during the year. The results for the year are set out in the Statement.

The Annual Report also sets out how the Court met its commitments in areas including international relations, sustainability and information assurance.

The Report was presented to Parliament under Section 54(1) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. The accounts were presented to the House of Commons under Section 6(4) of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.

The full Report and Accounts can be downloaded via our website.


UKSC contacts:

Janet Coull Trisic
Tel: 020 7960 1887

Sophia Linehan Biggs
Tel: 020 7960 1883

Rebecca Lowson
Tel: 020 7960 1894