This is the last week of the Hilary Term.  Neither the Supreme Court nor the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council have any hearings or judgments listed this week.  We expect the hearing list for the Easter term to be announced in the course of this week.

Thirteen permission for appeal decisions have been announced for the period 22 February to 5 March 2010 – with permission granted in seven – an unusually high proportion of 54%.   We will look at these in more detail in a separate post.

The Privy Council gave two judgments last week, in Prime Minister of Belize v Vellos [2010] UKPC 7 (concerning a constitutional referendum in Belize, appeal allowed) and Tibbetts v A-G of Cayman Islands [2010] UKPC 8 (a case involving an allegation of  jury bias, appeal dismissed).   These two judgments leave, on our calculations, only one judgment outstanding in the Privy Council.  This is, we suspect, an all time record.

Judgments outstanding

The following Supreme Court judgments remain outstanding:
R (Sainsbury’s) v Wolverhampton City Council, heard 1-2 Feb 2010
R (JF) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, heard 3 -4 Feb 2010
R (SK) (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, heard 10-11 Feb 2010
ZN (Afghanistan) v Entry Clearance Officer, heard 15 Feb 2010
Roberts v Gill, heard 22-23 February 2010
Inveresk PlC v Tullis Russell Papermakers Ltd (Scotland), heard 1-2 March 2010
As already mentioned, only one Privy Council judgment is awaited:
Larry Winslow Marshall v Deputy Governor of Bermuda, heard 22-23 February 2010