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Lord Reed and Lord Justice Carnwath join Supreme Court

20 December 2011

One of Scotland's most senior judges and a former president of the tribunal service have been appointed to the Supreme Court.

Lord Reed (pictured, top) is currently a senator at the College of Justice. Senators sit in the Inner House of the Court of Session, the supreme civil court in Scotland. He replaces the late Lord Rodger, another Scottish justice. The date of Lord Reed’s arrival is to be announced.

During 1999 Lord Reed sat as an ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights. He has also sat in both the judicial committee of the Privy Council and as an acting justice of the Supreme Court.

Lord Justice Carnwath (pictured, right) will replace Lord Brown, who retires in April 2012. Carnwath LJ has been senior president of tribunals since 2007 and led planning and implementation of reforms to the system following the Leggatt report.

He has been a lord justice of appeal since 2002. Before that he was a judge of the Chancery Division from 1994 to 2002, and, from 1998 to 2002, chairman of the Law Commission.

Lord Phillips, president of the Supreme Court, commented: “As I near the end of my time as president of this court, it is encouraging to be welcoming colleagues of such high calibre and I am only sorry I will not have longer to work alongside them.”

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