Appointment of Justices (2015-2016)

… Annual Report, prepared to meet the obligation placed upon the holder of my office by section 54 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 Annual Report, prepared to meet the obligation placed upon the holder of my office by section 54 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005… There has continued to be a slight increase in the number of litigants in person applying for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. The numbers for the 2015/16 financial year are 26 out of a total of 230 permission applications (compared to 24 out of 231 applications in 2014/15)….(Mark Ormerod, new Chief Executive)

Supreme Court, Annual Report and Accounts (2015-2016)

There have been no departures from or arrivals to the Judicial Bench this year. Over the next three years, however, six Justices (including me) reach their compulsory retirement. That means that we are approaching a time of considerable turnover of Justices, a direct consequence of the reduction of the compulsory retirement age for the judiciary from 75 to 70 in the mid- 1990s. We have now reached the point at which those who were appointed earlier and allowed to continue in office until 75 are leaving at the same time as those appointed later and required to retire at 70. Fortunately we shall be able to call on the services of those who have retired at 70 through use of the Supplementary Panel, which allows retired Justices under the age of 75 to sit if necessary. The large turnover of Justices will  inevitably mean a period of adjustment for the Court but it also provides opportunities for new appointments, and therefore fresh insights and perspectives to be brought to bear on our caseload and the way in which we operate. (Lord Neuberger)

Key Issues:

Full details of the Judicial and non-Judicial complaints procedures, including details
of how a complaint will be handled, can be found on our websites. If a complainant
is not happy with how a non-Judicial complaint has been handled by the Court, they can refer it via a Member of Parliament to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO).  (Mark Ormerod, new Chief Executive)