The-supreme-court-008Listed from Tuesday 3 December 2013 for two days is the matter of Marley v Rawlings & Anor. A couple had wills drawn up that contained identical terms, but each had mistakenly signed the other’s will. The error came to light following both of their deaths, and their sons brought an action alleging that the last surviving spouse had died intestate – so they should inherit their estate instead of the respondent, who was named in the wills. The Supreme Court will determine whether, when a person mistakenly executes a will meant for another person, that document complies with the formalities required under the Wills Act 1837 s 9 so as to constitute a valid will; and if not, whether the will can be rectified.

In Courtroom 2 on Tuesday 3 December 2013 is the appeal of R (British Sky Broadcasting Ltd) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. In this matter the appellant sought an order against the respondent for the production of documents passed to one of the respondent’s journalists following the charging of other people involved with offences under the Official Secrets Act 1989. The appellant put before the judge secret evidence which was not disclosed to the respondent. The judge at first instance granted the order, but it was quashed by the High Court on an application for judicial review on the grounds that the procedure adopted was unfair to the respondent. The Supreme Court will rule on whether a court can have regard to evidence adduced by the applicant which has not been disclosed to the respondent when hearing an application under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 s 9.

On Thursday 5 December 2013 in Courtroom 1 is a permission hearing for In the matter of an application of Raymond Brownlee for Judicial Review, with a full hearing to follow immediately if permission is granted. In Courtroom 2 R v O’Brien is a criminal appeal involving the Serious Fraud Office.

On Wednesday 4 December 2013 the Supreme Court will hand down judgment in the following: In the matter of KL (A Child), and In the matter of an application by Martin Corey for Judicial Review.

The following Supreme Court judgments remain outstanding:

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

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

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

R v Ahmad & Anor, heard 29 July 2013.

G v Scottish Ministers & Anor, heard 7 – 8 October 2013.

R (HS2 Action Alliance Ltd) v The Secretary of State for Transport & Anor, R (Heathrow Hub Limited & Anor) v The Secretary of State for Transport & Anor, and R (Buckinghamshire County Council & Ors) v The Secretary of State for Transport, heard 15 – 16 October 2013.

P (by his litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v Cheshire West and Chester Council, and P & Anor (by their litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) v Surrey County Council, heard 21 – 23 October 2013.

Kennedy v The Charity Commission, heard 29 – 31 October 2013.

West London Mental Health NHS Trust v Chhabra, heard 29 October 2013.

Williams v Central Bank of Nigeria, heard 4 – 5 November 2013.

EM (Eritrea) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department, heard 6 – 7 November 2013.

In the matter of LC (Children) (Nos. 1 and 2), heard 11 November 2013.

Richardson & Anor v DPP, heard 12 November 2013.

Coventry & Ors v Lawrence & Anor, heard 12 – 14 November 2013.

Cramaso LLP v Ogilvie-Grant, Earl of Seafield & Ors, heard 18 – 19 November 2013.

Stott v Thomas Cook Tour Operators Ltd, heard 20 November 2013.

AA (Somalia) v Entry Clearance Officer (Addis Ababa), heard 21 November 2013

Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs v Marks and Spencer plc, heard 25 – 26 November 2013.

A v Secretary of State for the Home Department, heard 26 – 27 November 2013.

R (Eastenders Cash and Carry plc & Ors) v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, heard 27 – 28 November 2013.