Access to the Supreme Court building:
Wed 30 May 2012 (Julian Assange v Swedish Judicial Authority judgment)
Members of the public wishing to visit the building on the morning of Weds 30 May are advised that we are expecting a large number of visitors to hear the judgment in Julian Assange v Swedish Judicial Authority (UKSC). Those not specifically coming for that purpose are encouraged to visit in the afternoon, or choose another day to visit the building.
The judgment will be given in the largest courtroom, and the Court has made arrangements for an ‘overflow’ courtroom where a live audio/visual feed of the proceedings will be shown. Even with these arrangements in place, we do expect that demand for seats is likely to exceed the number of spaces we can safely make available to the public. For this reason, a queuing system will be put in place, with those arriving earliest being offered seats in the courtroom; once that is full, a further tranche of visitors will be allowed into the overflow room. The court building will open to the public from 0815 on the day; the judgment itself will be given at 0915.
The ‘handing-down’ of the judgment will take around ten minutes. The President of the Supreme Court will give a summary of the point of law raised by the appeal, the Court’s decision, and a brief explanation of the rationale for that decision. After the judges have left the courtroom, the judgment will be published online (along with a press summary) and printed copies of the judgment will be made available from the Reception area.
Please note that, in line with the Court’s usual practice, items of clothing or other materials bearing messages that undermine the dignity of the court or which seek to interfere with the proper administration of justice will not be permitted into the building.
The Court will also strictly enforce a prohibition on photography or filming within the building, and visitors are discouraged from bringing such equipment with them.
It would also assist efficient reception of visitors if those seeking access to the building brought as little luggage as possible and were prepared for an airport-style security scan upon arrival.
The Supreme Court does reserve the right to suspend temporarily admission to the building, should the number of visitors and professional court users exceed our safe capacity.
Those interested in the judgment are reminded that the proceedings will be streamed live via the Sky website.