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Lord Reed joins Supreme Court, as highest court joins Twitter 06/02/2012 Lord Reed was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court on 6th February 2012, taking the judicial bench of the highest court in the land to a full complement of twelve Justices.

Lord Reed joins Supreme Court, as highest court joins Twitter

Lord Reed was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court on 6th February 2012, taking the judicial bench of the highest court in the land to a full complement of twelve Justices.

The occasion was marked by the Court’s arrival on microblogging site Twitter, as a further way of keeping interested parties updated on the Court’s work.

Lord Reed’s appointment follows the death of Lord Rodger last year. His arrival sees a continuation of the tradition, begun in the House of Lords, that two of the Court’s Justices have comprehensive experience of the Scottish legal system.

Lord Reed will begin sitting on Tuesday 7th February among a panel of five Justices sitting as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council hearing a planning dispute case over the commercial development of ‘New Kingston’ in Jamaica.

The Supreme Court has allowed Tweeting from its courtrooms on most occasions since February 2011, but this is the first time that the Court itself will ‘tweet’. The channel is intended to be used as a simple way of notifying ‘followers’ of the outcome of judgments and other selected news, in order to make the Court’s proceedings as accessible as possible.

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