uksc ceilingListed this morning for half a day in Courtroom 2 is the appeal of Zoumbas v Secretary of State for the Home Department, to be heard by L Hale, L Kerr, L Reed, L Toulson and L Hodge. There are no further case details available for this matter yet.

In Courtroom 1 from Tuesday 29 until Thursday 31 October 2013 is the matter of Kennedy v The Charity Commission. The appellant is a journalist seeking information from the Charity Commission relating to its investigation into the Mariam Appeal. The Court of Appeal held that the material in question was exempt from a request for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, s32 as this provision exempts certain documents relating to inquiries. By virtue of s 62 and 63 of the Act this exemption lasts for 30 years following the completion of the inquiry. Also, following Sugar v BBC [2012] UKSC 4 ECHR, art 10 was not engaged by the appellant’s request for the documents as Strasbourg jurisprudence had not developed to provide a general right to access information held by public bodies. The Supreme Court will determine whether documents held by a public authority pursuant to an inquiry are exempt from disclosure under the 2000 Act for 30 years following the end of the inquiry, and if so, whether this represents an interference with the appellant’s rights under ECHR, art 10. This hearing will be streamed on Supreme Court Live.

On Tuesday 29 October 2013 in Courtroom 2 is the expedited appeal of West London Mental Health NHS Trust v Chhabra. The appellant was employed as a consultant forensic psychologist by the respondent, and was alleged to have breached patient confidentiality. A case investigator was appointed, who informed the appellant that allegations of misconduct would be referred to a disciplinary panel, and that other capability concerns would be referred to the National Clinical Assessment Service. The appellant seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent the respondent from continuing with disciplinary charges whilst the separate capability concerns are under consideration.

On Wednesday 30 October 2013 the Supreme Court will hand down judgment in the following: Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v James, R (Reilly & Anor) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and In the matter of “The Alexandros T” (Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

There are no hearings listed in the Privy Council this week.

The following Supreme Court judgments remain outstanding:

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

Patel & Ors v SSHD, Anwar v SSHD, and Alam v SSHD, heard 3 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

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

R v Ahmad & Anor, heard 29 July 2013.

Cotter v Commissioner for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, heard 3 October 2013.

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

In the matter of an application by Martin Corey for Judicial Review, heard 7 October 2013.

Bull & Anor v Hall & Anor, heard 9 – 10 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.