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New Supreme Court justice appointed after husband’s retirement from the court

Lady Arden was sworn in as a new Supreme Court justice just months after her husband, the court’s former deputy president Lord Mance, retired.

The third woman to be appointed a Supreme Court justice has stepped into her new role just months after her husband retired.

Lady Mary Arden was sworn in during a formal ceremony at the court in London on Monday.

The ceremony was attended by her husband, the court’s former deputy president Lord Mance, who retired in June.

Addressing senior members of the judiciary, the court’s president Lady Hale said: “It is a special delight to welcome back Lady Arden’s husband, Lord Mance, who is no stranger to this room.

“But he is with us today in a very different, but no doubt no less proud, capacity as the spouse of a member of the court, rather than as its deputy president.”

Lady Hale told those gathered that the couple were married in the Lady Chapel at Liverpool Cathedral and have two daughters and a son.

They were the first married couple to sit, first on the High Court bench and later at the Court of Appeal, at the same time.

Lady Hale said the couple were “great travellers” and brought a “wealth of experience of other legal systems” to the court.

Lord David Kitchin was also sworn in at the ceremony, at which the justices took oaths and were invested with their gowns before taking their seats on the bench.

Lady Arden grew up in Liverpool and read law at Cambridge and Harvard before being called to the Bar in 1971.

Lord Kitchin studied natural sciences at Cambridge, where he was cox for the winning Boat Race team in 1975, before being called to the Bar in 1977.

Both judges previously sat in the Court of Appeal before their appointment to the Supreme Court.

Their appointments were made by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, following recommendations made by an independent selection commission.

The commission consulted across the court’s jurisdictions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland before making its recommendations.

Their appointments were made following the retirement of Lord Mance in June and Lord Hughes in August.


From Belfast Telegraph