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Lord Hodge to be sworn in at UK Supreme Court tomorrow

30 September 2013

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

Family and friends will watch as Lord Hodge takes the judicial oath and oath of allegiance before 10 of his fellow Justices of the Supreme Court, all dressed in ceremonial black and gold robes. The Justices will later process to Westminster Abbey for the service marking the opening of the legal year in England & Wales.

Lord Hodge joins Lord Reed as the two current serving Scottish justices. He succeeds Lord Hope, the former Deputy President of the court, who retired in June.

Appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 2005, Lord Hodge has sat in both the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, and served as the Scottish judge in exchequer causes, one of the Scottish intellectual property judges, a judge in the Lands Valuation Appeal Court and a commercial judge. His first case in the Supreme Court will be a Scottish appeal concerning mental health legislation.

He will retain his judicial style although holding a peerage.

The swearing-in ceremony begins at around 10am and will last approximately 10 minutes. It will be broadcast live over the internet through the streaming service offered by Sky News (www.skynews.com/supremecourt). It will also be available from the afternoon on the Supreme Court’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/uksupremecourt).

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