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Male Supreme Court justices listed as ‘Lady Wilson’ and ‘Lady Hughes’

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Just weeks after ‘Lord Hale’ gaffe

Legal research database Lawtel appears to have taken it upon itself to improve the lack of diversity on the Supreme Court bench, circulating a judgment apparently heard by three female justices.

Readers will know there are currently two females in the country’s highest appeal court, those being its president Lady Hale and new justice Lady Black.

However, only one of these, Hale, sat on the Supreme Court case of Michalak v General Medical Council. With the case concluding last week, a number of legal affairs boffins sat tight by their emails awaiting Lawtel’s daily update. Imagine their surprise when this was circulated:

Lady Hughes and Lady Wilson are in fact Lord Hughes and Lord Wilson. Lawtel, a companion service to Westlaw, has not responded to Legal Cheek’s request for comment.

This justice gender mix-up comes just weeks after the Supreme Court listed Lady Hale as a Lord in her first ever case as president.

While it’s safe to assume this was not done on purpose, one Legal Cheek commenter described the ‘Lord Hale’ debacle as “atrocious”. The court declined to comment on this, and the case listing does now say ‘Lady Hale’.

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19 Comments

Anonymous

You haven’t asked them if that is how they identify themselves.

Trumpenkrieg

Like totally. It’s like 2017 and bigots are still assuming they can tell people’s gender by looking at them. Hopefully a we can elect a progressive legislature in the near future that make it a hate crime punishable by 5 years in a diversity and equality reeducation camp.

Anonymous

“Like totally” ?

I thought this was (like) Legal Cheek not (like) ‘king LegalCheekUSA…Y’know ?

Etc.

Sort yourself out Trumpenkrieg for the love of Albion

Trumpenkrieg

Stop bullying and harassing me. This is supposed to be a safe space.

Anonymous

You can’t expect Russian teenagers to know how British people actually speak.

Trumpenkrieg

Semitic Russophobia is a mental illness.

Frustrated Writer

It was the first time Katie had smiled in weeks. In fact, Tom couldn’t recall having seen her smile about anything other than an Amal or Charlotte Proudman story since he had known her.

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Katie’s head appeared from the side of her monitor. “Are women supposed to be silent and miserable, Thomas, is that what you want?” Her mood had evaporated in the space of one misplaced sentence.

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Anonymous

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Not Frustrated Writer

Frustrated Writer

This was me, not my tribute act.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Top, top journalism!

Anonymous

Top

Anonymous

What a total non-story.

Anonymous

I too declare that I miss the old pound coin.

*blubs pathetically*

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