Court is one of the statutory bodies of the University. The relevant statutes are 18 and 19 (for constitution and powers) and 62 (for procedure). Court has a largely formal role within the University's governance structure. The current total membership is 60, comprising representatives from many sectors of the community as well as the University's principal officers and elected members of staff.
The prime purpose of Court is to provide a channel of communication between the University and the community in Newcastle, the North East of England, and beyond, informing different constituencies of the work of the University and the University of the needs of these constituencies relevant to its activities.
Court meets twice annually in May and October. The meeting in October is preceded the evening before by a formal dinner for members of Court, Council and other guests, at which Honorary Fellowships of the University are awarded. At each meeting there is a topical presentation relating to aspects of the broad range of activities undertaken within the University, with the opportunity for discussion. Court and Senate sitting in joint session nominate the Chancellor for appointment by Convocation.