Supreme Court—permission to appeal

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Supreme Court—permission to appeal
  • Coronavirus—implications for appeals to the UK Supreme Court (UKSC)
  • Permission to appeal generally
  • Time-limits for making an application for permission to appeal
  • Extension of time
  • Expedited consideration or hearing
  • Leapfrog appeals to the UK Supreme Court
  • Obtaining a certificate for leapfrog appeals—first stage
  • Seeking permission from the Supreme Court after obtaining the certificate in leapfrog appeals—second stage
  • Possibility of partial permission
  • More...

Supreme Court—permission to appeal

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For details of the specific measures introduced by the UK Supreme Court in response to the pandemic, see Practice Note: Supreme Court—general provisions and considerations—Coronavirus—implications for appeals to the UK Supreme Court (UKSC). For further general guidance on the implications of the pandemic for dispute resolution practitioners, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution.


  1. throughout this Practice Note, references to the Supreme Court Rules 2009, SI 2009/1603, are abbreviated to 'SCR'. Further, the Practice Directions to those Rules are referred to as 'SCR PD'

  2. this Practice Note considers civil appeals in England and Wales started after October 2012. For guidance on:

    1. appeals to the UK Supreme Court proceeding under the pre-October 2012 provisions, see Practice Notes: Supreme Court—permission to appeal—pre October 2012 [Archived], Supreme Court—substantive appeal—pre October 2012 [Archived] and Supreme Court—costs, fees and copy requirements—pre October 2012 [Archived]

    2. particular appeals and references including Human Rights issues, devolution issues, revocation of patents, criminal appeals, etc, see SCR 40 to SCR 44

This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Notes: Supreme Court—starting and managing the appeal and Supreme Court—completing an application for permission or notice of appeal and how to respond.

Coronavirus—implications for appeals to the UK Supreme

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