What are the educational; backgrounds of the Supreme Court Judges

Paul Gaffney made this Freedom of Information request to Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to know the educational background of the Supreme Court,especially.
1)State or privately educated.
2)Univerities attended(Oxbridge or red brick)
3)Where they did their pupillages.
4)The percentage that were born in Winter months(this isn't a spurious request this has an advantage in education)
5)Heights(feet and inches please)....norm related request(just personally curious about that one really)

Just wanted to make the first FOI to UK Supreme Court!

Yours faithfully,

Paul GaffneyLLB BA

Stephen Gradwick left an annotation ()

Dear Mr Gaffney,

I can help you out with some of the information you are seeking.

Lord Phillips was born on January 21, 1938. He attended Bryanston School and then Kings College Cambridge.

Lord Hope was born on June 27, 1938. He attended Edinburgh Academy, Rugby School and then St. John’s College Cambridge for his MA, he subsequently attended Edinburgh University for his LLB.

Lord Saville was born on March 20, 1936. He attended St. Paul’s Primary School in Hastings, Rye Grammar School and then Brasenose College Oxford.

Lord Rodger was born on September 18, 1944. He attended Kelvinside Academy Glasgow, Glasgow University for his MA, LLB and LLD, he subsequently attended New College Oxford for an MA, DPhil and DCL.

Lord Walker was born on March 17, 1938. He attended Downside School and then Trinity College Cambridge.

Lady Hale was born on January 31, 1945. She attended Richmond High School for Girls and then Girton College Cambridge for her MA.

Lord Brown was born on April 9, 1937. He attended Stowe School and then Worcester College Oxford.

Lord Mance was born on June 6, 1943. He attended Charterhouse School and went on to University College Oxford for his MA.

Lord Collins was born on May 7, 1941. He attended City of London School and then Downing College Cambridge for his BA and LLD, he subsequently attended Columbia University for his LLM.

Lord Kerr was born on February 22, 1948. He attended St. Colman’s College Newry and then Queen’s University in Belfast.

Lord Clarke was born on May 13, 1943. He attended Oakham School and then Kings College Cambridge for his MA.

I hope that this helps!

Achow, Ann,

Dear Mr Gaffney

Thank you for your email of 18 October 2009, in which you asked for
information about the Justices of the Supreme Court.

I can confirm that the Supreme Court holds some of the information you
are seeking, and I am pleased to inform you that that information is
already in the public domain in Who's Who 2009. The information covered
in Who's Who gives dates of birth and educational establishments
attended. You can access Who's Who online or at your local library.

The latest edition does not refer to the 3 newest Justices by their
titles eg Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony. For these you will need to
look up their entries as follows:

Lord Clarke can be found as Sir Anthony (Peter) Clarke
Lord Kerr can be found as Sir Brian (Francis) Kerr
Lord Collins can be found as Sir Lawrence (Antony) Collins.

Some of the educational information is also contained on our website
(www.supremecourt.gov.uk) under the section titled Biographies of the
Justices.

As the information you are seeking under sections 1,2 and 4 of your
request is already available in the public domain, it is exempt from
disclosure under Section 21 (Information accessible to the applicant by
other means) of the FOIA.

The information which you request at sections 3 and 5 is not held by the
Supreme Court.

As part of our obligations under the FOIA, we have an independent review
process. If you are dissatisfied with this decision, you may write to
request an internal review. The internal review will be carried out by
someone who did not make the original decision, and they will re-assess
how your request was handled.

If you wish to request an internal review, please write or send an email
to the Director of Corporate Services within two months of the date of
this letter, at the following address:

Director of Corporate Services
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Parliament Square
London
SW1P 3BD

e-mail: william.arnold.gsi.gov.uk

If you remain dissatisfied after an internal review decision, you have
the right to apply to the Information Commissioner's Office under
Section 50 of the FOIA. You can contact the Information Commissioner's
Office at the following address:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Internet: https://www.ico.gov.uk/Global/contact_us...

Yours sincerely

Ann Achow (Mrs)

Departmental Records Officer
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Parliament Square
London
SW1P 3BD

Tel: 020 7960 1983

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Dear Achow, Ann,

Thanks for the prompt reply.
I'll put s 1.2 .4 on myself.... or have someone else do it ....and I'll appeal s3 and s5 or alternatively find out by other means.

Yours sincerely,

Paul GaffneyLLB BA

Achow, Ann,

Dear Mr Gaffney

I see that your request is annotated on the What do they know? website
as 'awaiting internal review requested on 21 October'.

It was not clear from your previous email whether you were formally
requesting an internal review of our decision as you said 'I'll appeal
s3 and s5 or alternatively find out by other means.' If you wish us to
conduct an internal review of our decision not to release information
which we do not hold then please follow the procedure previously
notified to you by contacting the Director of Corporate Services to
request a review. His contact details were given in my reply to you of
21 October.

Yours sincerely

Ann Achow (Mrs)
Departmental Records Officer
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Parliament Square
London
SW1P 3BD

Tel: 020 7960 1983

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Dear Achow, Ann,

I'll clarify that request for you then.
I am appealing section 3 and 5 and we'll be doing
it by means of this public forum.

Yours sincerely,

Paul GaffneyLLB BA

Arnold, William,

Dear Mr Gaffney,

Your email to Mrs Achow of 19 November 2009 clarified that you wished to
request an internal review of the decision of Mrs Achow, the UKSC
Departmental Records Officer, which was conveyed to you by email on 21
October, not to give you the information requested at points 3 and 5 of
your emailed FOI request of 18 October. The ground for your request was
therefore the failure to provide the information requested.

Point 3 was a request to know where the Justices of the Supreme Court
did their pupillages.

Point 5 was a request to know the Justices' height in feet and inches.

Mrs Achow's email of 21 October explained that 'The information you
request at sections 3 and 5 is not held by the Supreme Court'.

The Freedom of Information Act does not place the UK Supreme Court, as a
public body, under any obligation to acquire for FOI purposes
information it does not already hold. Equally issues about the
justification for witholding information held do not arise, if the UKSC
does not hold the information in the first place.

It appears to me, as the internal UKSC reviewer for FOI requests, that
the key issue is therefore to establish whether or not the UKSC does,
contrary to what Mrs Achow stated, hold the information requested. Only
if it does, would any questions about justifying withholding it arise.

I have now carried out the internal review by considering all those
records and speaking to all those staff of the UKSC, who might have held
the information in question. I am satisfied from this that the UKSC does
not hold any record of the information you are seeking.

The failure to provide the information is therefore justified by the
fact that the UKSC does not hold this information. As I have said above,
there is also no obligation on the UKSC to seek to acquire this
information, which it does not otherwise need, purely for FOI purposes;
and there is no intention to do so.

I therefore endorse Mrs Achow's response to your request.

If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of this internal review, you
remain of course entitled to raise the matter with the Information
Commissioner.

William Arnold

Director of Corporate Services

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Parliament Square
London SW1P 3BD

020 7960 1880

[email address]

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Dear Arnold, William,

I'll give my reply some thought.
I am otherwise engaged at the moment.

Yours sincerely,

Paul GaffneyLLB BA

Dear Sir or Madam,

I was in Court 2 of the Supreme Court today.
Lord Phillips (the first President of the UK Supreme Court)and two ther Judges were Present in the case of
:"RTS -Flexible Systems Limited(Respondents)v
Molkrei Alois Molleroi Gmbh &Company KG (UK
Production)Appellant .
I find it hard to believe that at the Supreme Court
knows the answers to section 3 and 5 of my question.
I find it somewhat hard to say but....................I DON'T BELIEVE YOU.
I'll probably appeal this one unless you provide the answer.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Gaffney

Achow, Ann,

Dear Mr Gaffney

The content of your e mail below is noted. If you are not satisfied with
the outcome of the internal review which was conducted by Mr Arnold you
are, of course, free to take the matter up with the Information
Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Ann Achow (Mrs)
Departmental Records Officer
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Parliament Square
London
SW1P 3BD

Tel: 020 7960 1983

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Dear Achow, Ann,

I'll think of a suitable response when I have the free time.I am otherwise engaged at the moment.

Yours ,

Paul GaffneyLLB BA

Matt Hudson left an annotation ()

It would be nice if requestors displayed courtesey and civility, not to mention maturity, in their posts. Otherwise they risk not being taken seriously.