The Court’s second term starts on Monday 11 January 2010.   The week is a quiet one with no hearings on Monday or Tuesday.  There is just one appeal being heard on Wednesday and Thursday, R (JS Sri Lanka)Secretary of State for the Home Department, being heard by a five justice panel, Lords Hope, Rodger, Walker, Brown and Kerr.  The case is previewed here.  Permission to appeal was given by the House of Lords on 15 June 2009. The case was added to the Court’s list of “Current Cases” on 12 January.   There are no cases listed for hearing by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

No judgments have been announced for next week – although the announcements at the end of last term were somewhat erratic it seems unlikely that any judgments will be handed down this week. 

 Judgments are awaited in nine Supreme Court cases heard last term (no cases are now outstanding from the House of Lords)

A v HM Treasury, heard 5-8 Oct 2009
A v HM Treasury (anonymity), heard 22 Oct 2009
Agbaje v Akinnoye-Agbaje, heard 3-4 Nov 2009
OFCOM v Information Commissioner, heard 17 Nov 2009
Tomlinson v Birmingham City Council, heard 23 Nov 2009
Norris v Government of United States, heard 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2009
RTS Flexible Systems v Muller, heard 2-3 Dec 2009
Allison v HM Advocate, heard 8-10 Dec 2009
Grays Timber Products v HMRC, heard 14-15 Dec 2009

There is no news of the appointment of the twelfth justice, who appears to be referred to in the Hilary Term Court List as “Justice X”.  This mysterious figure is currently listed to sit on two appeals this term over four days.  Joshua Rozenberg has commented on the delay in the announcement of the new appointment in his blog.  We assume that his request for an anonymous tip off has, so far, gone unanswered.  Presumably the appointment will be announced before Justice X’s first sitting day, 15 February 2010.

Finally, perhaps the most important legal event of this week is likely to be the publication of Lord Justice Jackson’s “Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Final Report” on 14 January 2010.