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Supreme Court justices are sworn in

1 October 2009

Eleven justices of the Supreme Court were sworn in this morning, at a televised ceremony in the former Middlesex Crown Court building in Parliament Square.

The twelfth, filling the vacancy left after Lord Neuberger stepped down from being a law lord to become Master of the Rolls, will be appointed later this year.

The Supreme Court justices were wearing black robes with gold borders, replacing the wigs or breeches they wore as law lords.

After the swearing in, the justices joined the traditional procession to Westminster Abbey to mark the opening of the legal year.

This afternoon, in Court Room 2, they will hear their first application, which relates to a protected costs order in R (on the application of E) v governing body and admissions appeal panel of JFS.

The appeal in the case is due to be heard by the Supreme Court at the end of this month. The Court of Appeal ruled in June that the school’s admissions policy, which required mothers to be Jewish, was a breach of the Race Relations Act 1976.

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