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The Supreme Court created an Instagram story of its two new justices being sworn in

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Lady Arden and Lord Kitchin officially join the top bench

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The Supreme Court took to Instagram to document the swearing-in ceremony of two new justices yesterday: Lady Arden and Lord Kitchin. In what Legal Cheek understands to be a social media first, the UK’s top court gave its 2,700 followers a step-by-step rundown of the official welcome via Instagram’s story feature.

Ahead of the ceremony, the Supreme Court shared a delightful “backstage” image of a smiling Lady Hale and her fellow robed justices.

In a follow-up shot, ex-commercial barrister Lady Arden could be seen taking the judicial oath, the words of which are etched on the glass doors of the Westminster court. Lady Arden’s husband, Lord Mance, former deputy president of the Supreme Court, was among those gathered in courtroom one to watch.

Lady Arden, who served on the Court of Appeal from 2000 to 2018, looked delighted with her new black and gold judicial robes as she clutched a red box containing a letters patent. She grew up in Liverpool and studied law at Cambridge’s Girton College, before going on to complete an LLM at Harvard Law School.

Next up, Lord Kitchin. The IP law expert and former Lord Justice of Appeal could be seen taking the oath as the other justices looked on. He studied natural sciences and law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar in 1977. Taking silk in 1994, he was appointed a judge of the High Court’s Chancery Division in 2005 and senior judge of the Patents Court two years later.

Oath complete, Lord Kitchin shook hands with his new colleagues.

The ceremony, which also marked the start of the new legal year, was rounded off with a group shot of all 12 justices.

Sticking with the UK’s highest court, legal history will be made tomorrow with the first ever female majority on a Supreme Court case. As reported by Legal Cheek last month, three of the five judges hearing the case of Re D will be women — Lady Hale, the court’s president, Lady Black and Lady Arden, will sit alongside Lord Carnwath and Lord Lloyd-Jones.

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31 Comments

Anonymous

Hah. Such ridiculous clothes that they make them wear.

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Barry G

They should keep quiet and do their difficult, brilliant work and stop looking for attention. No good will come of it.

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Anonymous

Lol at difficult and brilliant. They’re just a bunch of Zimmer frame rent seekers. The only useful law is commercial law, everything else is just words on a page.
Oh no I mustn’t punch some old biddy in the gob ‘cos that’s gbh? Who the fuck cares, she’s not contributing anything to the public purse just sucking her pension out of it. The sooner she shuffles off to her shallow pauper’s grave the better!

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Anonymous

Time for your medication Nigel.

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Anonymous

I appreciate you’re probably a troll, and if so please forgive me, but if you really think like that, then you are probably worth less to society than something I stood in earlier and the sooner YOU shuffled off, the better the world would be for it, in my humble opinion.

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Anonymous

I am a Supreme Court judge

Anonymous

Say what you want, but England is over filled with these illiterate old biddies who’s only skill is asking ‘do you want a nice cake?’ in their annoying autistic rasping voices.
But because the police and the courts protect them, they’re able to dominate society, maintaining an iron grip more despotic than that of a spider on its prey.
Otoh what they gonna do when it’s dark and there’s no witnesses? Get what remains of their teeth knocked the fuck out is what!

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Anonymous

Where’s Brenda’s hat?

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Anonymous

The contrast between the Kavanaugh catastrophe over in the US and this rather ordinary and not-very-newsworthy swearing in makes one a little bit proud to be British.

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Anonymous

Why?

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Anonymous

Because we have an apolitical judiciary and a society truly founded on the rule of law. #makeamericagreatbritainagain

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Anonymous

In what ways?

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Anonymous

Every “ways”. Learn to type, moron.

Anonymous

So support your asssertions. Learn to reason, moron.

Anonymous

Learn to spell “assertions”, retard!

Anonymous

Still waiting for you to support those assssertions though, moron!

Anonymous

Fuck off.

Anonymous

Yes, thought that might happen when you were asked to support your asssssertions, moron.

Anonymous

So support your assertions. Learn to reason, moron.

Anonymous

In what ways??

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Anonymous

If I am honest, I was slightly disappointed by the fact that Lady Hale made so many references to Lord Mance during her speech for Lady Arden.

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Anonymous

Why?

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Anonymous

Not you again!

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Anonymous

You would say that!

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Anonymous

Maybe because the new Justice was Lady Arden and not Lord Mance, and therefore, the welcoming remarks should be focused on her and not her husband?

Lady Hale no doubt made many references to Lady Arden’s achievements, but other than the first couple of references to Lord Mance, i.e. about seeing him again at the Supreme Court, there was no need to make more.

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Anonymous

“Maybe” for that reason? You mean you’re not sure? 🙂

Still, unlike some you’ve at least got the gumption to be able to explain your thought process. How many times was Mance mentioned after the opening references?

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Anonymous

Who? Why?

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Anonymous

You’re all a bunch of mentalists

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Anonymous

In what ways?

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Deed U No

At last, thank goodness for the *me too movement !

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Anonymous

In what ways ?

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