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Lord Hodge to be sworn in 30/09/2013 Lord Hodge will be sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice tomorrow (1st October), joining the UK’s highest court at the start of its fifth year.

Lord Hodge to be sworn in

Lord Hodge will be sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice tomorrow, joining the UK’s highest court at the start of its fifth year.

Lord Hodge’s appointment follows the retirement of Lord Hope after seventeen years’ service with the House of Lords and latterly the Supreme Court. He joins Lord Reed as the Scottish members of the Court and so continues the long-standing convention that the at least two of the Court’s Justices should have comprehensive experience of the Scottish legal system.

Lord Hodge was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 2005, and has since sat in both the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh. He will first hear a case from Scotland concerning mental health legislation next week.

Lord Hodge also has a new role sitting on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, also based at the former Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square since 2009. The Committee serves as the court of final appeal for the UK overseas territories, Crown dependencies and for certain Commonwealth countries.

 

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