Supreme Court starts hunt for two new justices

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Follows retirement of Lord Lloyd-Jones and Lady Arden

The Supreme Court today fired the starting pistol on a fresh recruitment drive following the retirement of justices Lord Lloyd-Jones and Lady Arden.

The top court is seeking applications from those with “truly exceptional intellectual and legal ability”, as well as “sound judgment and decisiveness”. Those considering popping in a CV will need to have been a judge for two years or a lawyer for 15 years — so ambitious LLB students need not apply.

Welshman Lord Lloyd-Jones stepped down last month after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70, while Lady Arden was able to stay on until her 75th birthday — which she celebrated earlier this year — due to the fact she was already a High Court judge when the retirement age was lowered in 1995. They were appointed to the court in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

With Lord Lloyd-Jones and Lady Arden now out the picture, the ten-strong bench is currently made up of nine men and one woman, all of whom are white.

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For those considering applying and who meet the minimum statutory criteria, the Supreme Court is offering “familiarisation visits” which comprise a tour of the court building and a private meeting of up to one hour with a current justice not directly involved in the appointments process to “discuss the nature, challenges and highlights of the role”.

Lord Reed, the court’s president, officially launched the recruitment campaign via a short video — be sure to check out the ‘chill-out vibes’ backing track — published to YouTube.

Fancy sticking in application? You have until 4 March.

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