Hearings in the Supreme Court are now shown live on the Court’s website.

On Wednesday 30 November, the Supreme Court will hand down the judgment in the case of R v Golds. The panel will be Lady Hale, Lord Kerr and Lord Hughes. The case considers whether the jury must be directed as to the meaning of the word ‘substantial’ as related to ‘substantially impaired’ when a defendant is pleading not guilty to murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. If the answer to this question is in the affirmative, the case then considers whether ‘substantial’ should be taken to mean ‘something more than merely trivial’, or something more than this such as ‘something whilst short of total impairment is nevertheless significant and appreciable’.

On Thursday 1 December, the Privy Council will hear the appeal of Juman v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago. This will consider whether the respondent was liable to the appellant for the tort of malicious or continued malicious prosecution, following her arrest for possession of ammunition and firearms under the Firearms Act, s 6. This will be heard in Courtroom 3.

A full list of the cases scheduled for the Michaelmas term can be found here.


The following Supreme Court judgments remain outstanding:

Belhaj & Anor v Straw & Ors; Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence & Anor, heard 9–12 November 2015.

Asset Land Investment Plc & Anor v The Financial Conduct Authority, heard 13–14 January 2016.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd & Ors, heard 21 January 2016.

Abd Ali Hameed Al-Waheed v Ministry of Defence; Mohammed & Ors v Ministry of Defence & Anor, heard 1–4 February 2016.

R (MM) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another case, heard 22–24 February 2016.

R (Agyarko) v Secretary of state for the Home Department, heard 6–7 April 2016.

Akers & Ors v Samba Financial Group, heard 27–28 April 2016.

R v Docherty, 3-4 May 2016.

Mohammed & Ors v Ministry of Defence & Anor, heard 9–10 May.

Commissioners for the HMRC v The Investment Trust Companies (in liquidation) & Ors, heard 17–19 May 2016.

R v Golds, heard on 14 June 2016.

FirstGroup plc v Paulley, heard on 15 June 2016.

R (Hicks & Ors) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, heard on 28-29 June 2016.

AB v Her Majesty’s Advocate (Scotland), heard on 11 July 2016.

SXH v Crown Prosecution Service, heard 19 July 2016.

AMT Futures Ltd v Marzillier & Ors, heard 5 October 2016.

AIG Europe Ltd v Woodman & Ors, heard 10 October 2016.

McCann v The State Hospital Board for Scotland (Scotland), heard 11-12 October 2016.

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc v Lomas & Ors and other cases, heard 17-20 October 2016.

R (Mirza) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and other cases, heard 19 October 2016.

Mohammed & Ors v Ministry of Defence, heard 25-27 October 2016.

China National Chartering Company Ltd v Gard Marine and Energy Ltd & Anor, Gard Marine and Entergy Ltd  v China National Chartering Company Ltd & Anor, and Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha v Gard Marine and Energy Ltd & Anor, heard 1-3 November 2016.

R (A) (a Child) (by her litigation friend B) v Secretary of State for Health, heard 2 November 2016.

Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, heard 3 November 2016.

Newbigin v SJ & J Monk, heard 7 November 2016.

Habib Khan v General Pharmaceutical Council, heard 10 November 2016.

Home Office v Essop & Ors; Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice, heard 14-15 November 2016.

DB v Chief Constable of Police Service of Northern Ireland (NI), heard 15-16 November 2016.

R v Guraj, heard 17 November 2016.