Members of the public
Members of the public are welcome to come and visit the building during opening hours. We are open Monday to Friday, 0930 to 1630. During the legal terms the courts are normally in session:
- Mondays - 1100 to 1600
- Tuesday to Thursdays - 1030 to 1600
You are very welcome to observe cases when the court is sitting, but please be aware that space in the public galleries is limited. This may mean you have to wait before gaining access to the court room but normally you should be able to observe a case at some point during your visit. Please note that the court does not sit on Fridays.
Registry during summer recess
Please note that during both August and September the Registry will be open from 1000 to 1400 only.
The Registry will close at 1400 on Friday 24 August 2018 and will reopen at 1000 on Monday 10 September 2018.
Please see Building and Registry opening times. for further details.
Photography is only allowed in courtrooms which are not sitting that day: so on Fridays and recess, photography is generally permitted throughout the building, but on sitting days it is only allowed in public areas and in courtrooms which are not in session or prepared for hearings that day.
Please note that items of clothing or other materials bearing messages that undermine the dignity of the court or which seek to interfere with the proper administration of justice will not be permitted into the building.
For details of guided tours, please see our Guided tours section. Please note that external tour groups (where a tour operator is charging to guide a group around the building) are charged at £3 per head, in order to regulate the number of such parties and to help reduce the Court's demands on public resources.
The Supreme Court Café is open to members of the public from 0930 to 1630 on Mondays to Fridays.
A range of frequently asked questions about facilities for visitors to the Court can be found on our FAQs section.
For more information, please contact us by:
- Telephone - 0207 960 1900/1500