Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

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Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Cornish: An Lys Gorughel
Irish: An Chúirt Uachtarach
Scots: The Supreme Coort
Scottish Gaelic: An Àrd Chùirt
Welsh: Y Goruchaf Lys
Middlesex Guildhall (cropped).jpg
Middlesex Guildhall in London is where the court is located and held at
Established1 October 2009
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationMiddlesex Guildhall, Parliament Square, London, England
Coordinates51°30′01″N 0°07′41″W / 51.5004°N 0.1281°W / 51.5004; -0.1281Coordinates: 51°30′01″N 0°07′41″W / 51.5004°N 0.1281°W / 51.5004; -0.1281
Composition methodAppointed by the Monarch
(Queen-on-the-Bench)
on the advice of the Prime Minister, following approval of a recommendation by the Secretary of State for Justice
Authorized byConstitutional Reform Act 2005, Part 3, Section 23(1) and s. 23 (whole section)[1]
Number of positions12
Websitewww.supremecourt.uk/,%20https://www.supremecourt.uk/cymraeg.html
President
CurrentlyLord Reed
Since13 January 2020
Deputy President
CurrentlyLord Hodge
Since27 January 2020

The Supreme Court (initialism: UKSC or the acronym: SCOTUK) is the final court of appeal in the United Kingdom for civil cases, and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance.[2]

Current Justices[change | change source]

Portrait Name Born Alma mater Invested Mandatory
retirement
Prior senior judicial roles
Lord Reed 2017 (cropped).png The Lord Reed
of Allermuir

(President)
7 September 1956
(age 64)
University of Edinburgh School of Law
Balliol College, Oxford
6 February 2012 7 September 2026 Senator of the College of Justice:
Inner House (2008–2012)
Outer House (1998–2008)
Lord Hodge (cropped).jpg Lord Hodge
(Deputy President)
19 May 1953
(age 68)
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
University of Edinburgh School of Law
1 October 2013 19 May 2023 Senator of the College of Justice,
Outer House (2005–2013)
Lady Black of Derwent (cropped).jpg Lady Black
of Derwent
1 June 1954
(age 67)
Trevelyan College, Durham 2 October 2017 1 June 2024 Lady Justice of Appeal (2010–2017)
Justice of the High Court, FD (1999–2010)
Lord Lloyd-Jones (cropped).jpg Lord Lloyd-Jones 13 January 1952
(age 69)
Downing College, Cambridge 2 October 2017 13 January 2022 Lord Justice of Appeal (2012–2017)
Justice of the High Court, QBD (2005–2012)
Lord Briggs (cropped).jpg Lord Briggs
of Westbourne
23 December 1954
(age 66)
Magdalen College, Oxford 2 October 2017 23 December 2024 Lord Justice of Appeal (2013–2017)
Justice of the High Court, CD (2006–2013)
Lady Arden 2010.png Lady Arden
of Heswall
23 January 1947
(age 74)
Girton College, Cambridge
Harvard Law School
1 October 2018 23 January 2022 Lady Justice of Appeal (2000–2018)
Justice of the High Court, CD (1993–2000)
Lord Kitchin (cropped).jpg Lord Kitchin 30 April 1955
(age 66)
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge 1 October 2018 30 April 2025 Lord Justice of Appeal (2011–2018)
Justice of the High Court, CD (2005–2011)
Lord Sales 11 February 1962
(age 59)
Churchill College, Cambridge
Worcester College, Oxford
11 January 2019 11 February 2032 Lord Justice of Appeal (2014–2018)
Justice of the High Court, CD (2008–2014)
Lord Hamblen 23 September 1957
(age 63)
St John's College, Oxford
Harvard Law School
13 January 2020 23 September 2027 Lord Justice of Appeal (2016–2020)
Justice of the High Court, QBD (2008–2016)
Lord Leggatt 12 November 1957
(age 63)
King's College, Cambridge
Harvard University
City Law School
21 April 2020 12 November 2027 Lord Justice of Appeal (2018–2020)

Justice of the High Court, QBD (2012–2018)

Lord Burrows 17 April 1957
(age 64)
Brasenose College, Oxford
Harvard University
2 June 2020 17 April 2027 None (First Justice to be appointed direct from academia)[3]
Lord Stephens December 1954
(age 66)
University of Manchester 1 October 2020 December 2024 Lord Justice of Appeal (NI) (2017–2020)

Justice of the High Court (NI) (2007–2017)


References[change | change source]

  1. "Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4), Part 3, Section 23". The National Archives (United Kingdom). 24 March 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  2. "The Supreme Court". The Registry, the Supreme Court (The Registry of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom). 12 January 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  3. Court, The Supreme. "Swearing-in of The Right Honourable Professor Burrows QC as Justice of the Supreme Court - The Supreme Court". www.supremecourt.uk. Retrieved 2020-06-05.