uk-supreme-court-middlesex-guildhall-370x229It’s the last week of the Trinity Term.

Today in Courtroom 2  is the matter of R (Reilly & Anor) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to be heard by L Neuberger, L Mance, L Clarke, L Sumption and L Toulson. This appeal concerns a challenge to the validity of Regulations made in 2011 by the Secretary of State relating to the “work for your benefits” schemes. The respondents seek judicial review of the Regulations on the grounds that they are ultra vires of the Jobseekers Act 1995, namely that they fail to provide an adequate description of the scheme, were unlawful in the absence of published policy as to the schemes’ nature, the notice provisions in the Regulations were not complied with, and that they violate ECHR, art 4 as the schemes constitute forced labour. The Court of Appeal quashed the Regulations for failing to provide a description of each scheme. The Secretary of State appealed, and the respondents now also argue that the Secretary of State’s fast-tracking of a Bill to unwind the Court of Appeal’s decision is a breach of ECHR, art 6.

On Wednesday 31 July is the very brief hearing of R v Ahmad & Anor, listed for one hour before L Neuberger, L Mance and L Reed. There are no case details available for this matter.

There are two sets of judgments this week: on Monday 29 July 2013 the Supreme Court will hand down judgment in South Lanarkshire Council v The Scottish Information Commissioner; and on Wednesday 31 July 2013 there will be judgment in R v Hughes, Teal Assurance Company Ltd v W R Berkley Insurance (Europe) Ltd & Anor, McGraddie v McGraddie, and Torfaen County Borough Council v Douglas Willis Ltd.

There are no cases listed in the Privy Council this week. These previews will recommence at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term.

The following Supreme Court judgments remain outstanding:

Booth v The Parole Board, Osborn v The Parole Board and In the matter of an application of Reilly for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland), heard 16 – 18 April 2013.

Re an application by Central Craigavon Ltd for Judicial Review, heard 15 May 2013.

R (Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice, and McGeoch v Lord President of the Council & Anor, heard 10 – 11 June 2013.

R v Gul, heard 25 – 26 June 2013.

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Al-Jedda, heard 27 June 2013.

Woodland v Essex County Council, heard 3 – 4 July 2013.

Patel & Ors v SSHD, Anwar v SSHD, and Alam v SSHD, heard 3 July 2013.

In the matter of “The Alexandros T” (Nos. 1, 2 and 3), heard 8 – 9 July 2013.

Szepietowski (Nee Seery) v The Serious Organised Crime Agency, heard 15 July 2013.

Bucnys v Ministry of Justice, Lithuania, Sakalis v Ministry of Justice, Lithuania, and Lavrov v Ministry of Justice, Estonia, heard 16 – 17 July 2013.

R (Hodkin & Anor) v Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, heard 18 July 2013

In the matter of A (Children) – heard 22 – 23 July 2013.

R (Edwards & Anor) v Environment Agency & Ors, heard 22 July 2013.

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v James, heard 24 July 2013.