Lord Reed sworn in as new Supreme Court president

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Ex-shipping lawyer Lord Hamblen also joins top bench as Lady Hale officially steps down

Lord Reed has taken up his new role as president of the Supreme Court, having been sworn in at a special ceremony this morning alongside the court’s newest face, Lord Hamblen.

Reed was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court in 2012 and has served as deputy president since the summer of 2018. Prior to promotion to the UK’s top bench, former civil barrister Reed served as a judge in Scotland, sitting from 1998 to 2012.

Reed replaces Lady Hale, who retired this month, ahead of her 75th birthday — the mandatory retirement age for judges appointed before 1995. Reed’s promotion was first announced last summer.

Lord Reed sworn in as president of the Supreme Court

The newly-installed president shared his special morning with Hamblen, a former shipping barrister who studied at Oxford and then Harvard in the United States.

Following a successful career at the bar, Hamblen — who comes in to fill the gap following Hale’s departure — was appointed a High Court judge in 2008 and Lord Justice of Appeal in 2016. Like Reed, Hamblen’s appointment was confirmed last year.

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Here’s hoping that he is absolutely nothing like his predecessor.

The President of the Supreme Court should not be a celebrity, and, frankly, the less the public are aware of them the better.



Agreed. Hale is an intellectual lightweight, who secured judicial preferment because of her gender; she is also gauche, chippy and self-promoting. The great thing about the Law Lords was their relative obscurity. They did not have any real public profile, which meant they and just got on with the business of judging and did not arrogate power to themselves.



It won’t be the UK Supreme Court for much longer.

It will be restored to the constitutional position as the upper court of appeal on points of law.

No more jolly virtue signalling japes with the Bill of Rights.





I can fit three live chickens into my rectum


Bonnie Prince Charlie

Hopefully bringing abit of Scottish sensibility to the court.



And a bit of class. He is a gent, unlike his predecessor who was, at best, lower middle class with manners to match.



Truly an upper class gent – like Prince Harry or William / John Cleese / John Major all rolled into one. You can bet he doesn’t have a “lounge” or a “nan” or a “toilet” and has been to Tuscany more than a couple of times. I’ve heard he went to a private school (like me).



You are talking out of your arse. He’s not upper class. Middle class. And John Cleese is middle class, too; John Major is working class.



Great upgrade. Though that is not necessarily saying much.



Nice to hear Hamblen’s public school (Westminster) tones when he was sworn in. He’ll be followed by Leggatt (Eton) soon. So comforting after Hale’s embarrassing mediocrity.



Official: “I’ve read the files. The President of the Supreme Court is a woman.”

Lord Reed: “I’ve had an upgrade.”



Not actual quotes



For all the social mobility rubbish spoken at the Bar, the appellate levels of the judiciary are crammed with over representation from 10 or so public schools. There is no point in talking about progress while the references that matter for judicial or silk appointments are weighted towards those than come from such a narrow spectrum of society. The only real way for progress to be made is for there to be a conscious effort to limit or bar individuals from certain backgrounds progressing in the judiciary. This elevation is just another predictable example of absolutely nothing changing.



But it is in the public interest that those from public schools dominate the judiciary and indeed all the most important jobs. This is because they are the best educated, as well as being the most polished and confident. We do not want these crucial positions to be dominated by the poorly educated, chippy, insecure, cringing potted plants who spill out of state schools.



The first and second sentences of Realist’s post are true – and I speak from experience having attended one of the best public schools. The third and fourth sentences are, however, non-sequiturs, while being potentially true as a matter of formal modal logic.



There are only 3 sentences there. Fool.



And not a non sequitur. If you don’t know what terms mean, don’t use them.


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