Super Supreme – Slicing the Pizza

The Guardian today reports that the Supreme Court would have to close if it were to face a 40% cut in spending. The Chief Executive said yesterday on the first anniversary of the court: ‘As 62% of our costs are genuinely fixed, a 40% cut causes us some problems. We couldn’t actually deal with any casework, in fact, with a 40% cut.’ That’s an alarmingly gentle way to express the significance of a court that can’t deal with any cases. Yes, definitely ‘some problems’ ahead…I wonder if judicial salaries and pensions are considered to fall within the ‘genuinely fixed’ category?

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