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Lord Reed appointed to UK Supreme Court

20 December 2011

Court of Session judge Lord Reed has been appointed to the UK Supreme Court to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lord Rodger earlier this year, it was announced this morning.

Lord Reed is one of two appointees confirmed today, the other being Lord Justice Carnwath of the Court of Appeal in England. Appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 1998 at the age of 2, he currently sits in the First Division of the Inner House.

Lord Justice Carnwath will succeed Lord Brown, who is to retire in April 2012.

Welcoming the appointments, Lord Phillips, President of the Suppreme Court, said: “The independent selection commission were faced with a very strong field of candidates who applied following open advertisement of the vacancies.

“Lord Reed brings depth of experience in Scots law and practice, as well as insights into the work of the European Court of Human Rights.

“Lord Justice Carnwath’s range of experience as a senior judge is complemented by his chairmanship of the Law Commission, his work reforming the tribunals system and his service as the first Senior President of Tribunals.

“As I near the end of my time as President of this court, it is encouraging to be welcoming colleagues of such high calibre and I am only sorry I will not have longer to work alongside them.”

The appointments were made by The Queen at the advice of the Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, following the recommendation of an independent selection commission. The commission consulted across each of the Supreme Court’s three UK jurisdictions before making their recommendations.

Lord Reed said: “I am honoured by my appointment as a member of a court which has a world-wide reputation and influence, and whose decisions affect all parts of the United Kingdom. I am conscious of the responsibility which that entails.”

Lord Justice Carnwath said: “It is a great honour to be selected for the Supreme Court. I see it also as recognition of the central importance in the justice system of the tribunals judiciary, whom I have been privileged to lead as Senior President for the last seven years.”

Lord Reed will be sworn in at a date to be agreed between him, the President, and the Lord President of the Court of Session.

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