05/2013 - News release
Lord Justice Hughes and Lord Justice Toulson join Supreme Court
8 April 2013
The highest court in the land will welcome two new judges at a swearing-in ceremony tomorrow. Lord Justice Hughes and Lord Justice Toulson are joining The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, following their appointment by Her Majesty The Queen in February 2013.
Family, friends and former colleagues will gather in the grand setting of Courtroom One to watch the new Justices take the Judicial Oath and Oath of Allegiance in their ceremonial black and gold robes before their ten fellow Justices of the Supreme Court.
Lord Justice Hughes succeeds Lord Dyson, appointed Master in the Rolls in October 2012, and will take the judicial title of Lord Hughes of Ombersley. A member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales since 2006, Lord Justice Hughes is currently Vice-President of its Criminal Division.
Lord Justice Toulson succeeds Lord Walker, who retired last month, and will take the judicial title of Lord Toulson. A member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales since 2007, Lord Justice Toulson served previously as Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales between 2002 and 2006.
The newly-appointed Lord Hughes will first hear a case from Northern Ireland concerning the admissibility of electronic fingerprinting as evidence; whilst the newly-appointed Lord Toulson will first consider the right to a fair trial in a case from Scotland.
Both Justices will also sit on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), 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.
Back row left to right:
Lord Carnwath, &
Front row left to right:
Lord Hope (Deputy President of The Supreme Court),
Lord Neuberger (President of The Supreme Court),
Lady Hale, &
Notes to Editors:
The appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street on 26 February 2013.
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