Independence referendum: Supreme Court referral costs

Costs associated with the Lord Advocate’s referral to the Supreme Court.

The Lord Advocate referred to the Supreme Court the devolution issue and question of whether legislation providing for an independence referendum would relate to a reserved matter in terms of the Scotland Act 1998. The Supreme Court handed down its judgment on 23 November 2022.

We last published the associated costs on 22 September 2022 (which were at that date £113,955.10), and can now publish the up-to date costs, as set out in the table below:

Supreme Court filing fees


Professional services


Supreme Court costs


External counsel


Travel and subsistence


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