Trio joins Supreme Court

Judiciary
Lord Justice Toulson, Lord Justice Hughes and Lord Hodge have been appointed as Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, filling the three vacancies arising from Lord Dyson’s appointment as Master of the Rolls in October 2012 and the retirements of Lord Walker and Lord Hope.


Lord Justice Hughes, a member of the Court of Appeal since 2006, and Vice-President of its Criminal Division, will succeed Lord Dyson. He will take up his role at the Supreme Court on 9 April, the first day of the Easter Term.

Lord Justice Toulson, also to be sworn in on 9 April, has been a member of the Court of Appeal since 2007, and served as Chairman of the Law Commission 2002-06. He succeeds Lord Walker, who retired on 17 March.

Lord Hodge, who was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 2005, sitting in both the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, will succeed Lord Hope, one of the two Scottish Justices, who retires on 27 June. Lord Hodge will not take up his role until the beginning of the new legal year, in October.

Lord Hope’s forthcoming retirement also means that a new Deputy President must be appointed. Expressions of interest will be invited from the existing justices.

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