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Lord Reed sworn in at UK Supreme Court today

6 February 2012

Scottish judge Lord Reed will be sworn in as a Justice of the UK Supreme Court today, bringing the bench of justices back to a full complement of 12.

The occasion is being marked with the court’s arrival on microblogging site Twitter, as a further way of keeping interested parties updated on the court’s work. Lord Phillips, President of the Supreme Court, will conduct the brief ceremony in which Lord Reed will take the judicial oath and oath of allegiance in front of other Supreme Court justices dressed in their ceremonial robes.

Lord Reed’s appointment follows the death of Lord Rodger last year, and means that the court once again has two Justices with comprehensive experience of the Scottish legal system, continuing the practice established in the House of Lords.

Lord Reed will begin sitting tomorrow 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 in most occasions since February 2011, but today marks 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, as part of the court’s commitment to making its proceedings as accessible as possible.

The brief updates will be sent from @UKSupremeCourt, with the court’s full policy on its use of Twitter available at: www.supremecourt.gov.uk/twitter-policy.html.

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