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New Supreme Court president listed as ‘Lord Hale’

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The Supreme Court was left a little red-faced this week after a Legal Cheek commenter rightly pointed out it’d listed Lady Hale as a Lord in her first ever case as president.

We reported yesterday that 4 October will be a historic moment for the country’s final appeal court. This is because two women, Lady Hale and Lady Black, will hear the case alongside three male colleagues, the bench’s highest ever female proportion at 40%.

Though it’s a moment to be celebrated (see barrister S Chelvan’s tweet above), one Legal Cheek commenter noticed something a little strange about the case in question’s listing.

Readers will see justice Hale is listed as a Lord, not a Lady, on her president case debut (if you visit the case listing now, you’ll notice this is no longer so). The Supreme Court declined to comment.

While it’s safe to assume this was not done on purpose, the commenter who spotted the error wasn’t quite so forgiving. He or she described it as “atrocious”.

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