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The Supreme Court Annual Report and Accounts 2015–2016


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5 five six seven eight annex PERFORMANCE REPORT: CORPORATE SERVICES PERFORMANCE REPORT: MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Our People 59 Our information and 62 resources, and how we manage them Our building, your 63 building Dealing with 64 complaints Management commentary 67 Statement of Accounting Officer's Responsibilities Governance Statement Remuneration and Staff Report Parliamentary Accountability and Audit Report Audit Certificate – UKSC 72 72 78 85 88 Statement of 92 Comprehensive Net Expenditure Statement of Financial 93 Position Statement of Cash 94 Flows Statement of Changes 95 in Taxpayers’ Equity Notes to the Accounts 96 Jurisdictions where the JCPC is the final Court of Appeal 106 Supreme Court Annual Report 2015–2016

6 Foreword BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COURT LORD NEUBERGER This has again been a busy year for the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. During the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, the Supreme Court gave judgment in over 80 cases, most of them resting on legal issues of considerable public importance. These ranged from deciding how tax legislation should be interpreted when applied to complex avoidance schemes that remain within the letter of the law, to reviewing the common law understanding of the proper test for securing a joint enterprise conviction for murder, to clarifying the rules on the enforceability of penalty clauses in contracts. In the same period, the Judicial Committee gave nearly 50 judgments on topics as diverse as arbitration, judicial bias and retrospective legislation. There have been no departures from or arrivals to the Judicial Bench this year. Over the next three years, however, six Justices (including me) reach their compulsory retirement. That means that we are approaching a time of considerable turnover of Justices, a direct consequence of the reduction of the compulsory retirement age for the judiciary from 75 to 70 in the mid- 1990s. We have now reached the point at which those who were appointed earlier and allowed to continue in office until 75 are leaving at the same time as those appointed later and required to retire at 70. Fortunately we shall be able to call on the services of those who have retired at 70 through use of the Supplementary Panel, which allows retired Justices under the age of 75 to sit if necessary. The large turnover of Justices will inevitably mean a period of adjustment for the Court but it also provides opportunities for new appointments, and therefore fresh insights and perspectives to be brought to bear on our caseload and the way in which we operate. During the year we said goodbye to the Court’s first Chief Executive, Jenny Rowe. I would like to pay personal tribute to Jenny for the excellent way in which she supported the Justices in the administration of the Court. She provided energy, direction, resilience and fortitude in the face of the many challenges in establishing the Court and overcoming a range of teething problems. She is a hard act to follow but we are delighted to welcome Mark Ormerod as her successor. On behalf of all my colleagues, I wish Jenny a long and happy retirement. As well as what I hope is seen as an important and impressive contribution to the jurisprudence of the United Kingdom, the Supreme Court attracts a large number of visitors. It was my pleasure in February this year to welcome our 500,000th visitor since the Court opened its doors in 2009. The numbers of people coming to the Court – be it school parties, guided tours, university moots or simply people wandering in to the building on their visit to Parliament Square – is an important demonstration of our openness. And when account is taken of the live streaming and ‘on demand’ broadcasting of our hearings and judgments via our website, which allows access throughout the world, I believe that we are doing our best to live up to our aim of making the Court, its processes and its decisions properly accessible. Supreme Court Annual Report 2015–2016