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Supreme Court's 12 judges who could examine Ashers' rights

The Ashers case would be scrutinised by Britain's 12 Justices of the Supreme Court, who were appointed by the Queen, if the Attorney General is granted leave to appeal. These are:

Lord David Neuberger of Abbotsbury: The group is headed by Britain's most powerful judge, appointed President in 2012.

Since 1999 Lord Neuberger has been Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Spoliation of Art (in the Holocaust) and has served on the boards of the University of Arts London and the Schizophrenia Trust.

Lady Brenda Hale: Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale of Richmond became Britain's first female Law Lord in 2004 and is recognised as the UK's most powerful female judge. She has long been a strong advocate for diversity and has criticised all-white, all-male court appointments, calling for a selection committee.

Lady Hale and Lord Neuberger are joined by 10 other justices who hear appeals on arguable points of law of the greatest public importance.

Lord Jonathan Mance: Became a Supreme Court judge along with nine other Lords of Appeal in 2009. From 2007 to 2009, he served on the House of Lords European Union Select Committee.

He is married to Lord of Appeal Dame Mary Arden and they are the first couple to serve concurrently.

Lord Brian Kerr: Northern Ireland's former Lord Chief Justice, he became the last Law Lord to be appointed before the creation of the Supreme Court in 2009. In 1993 was appointed a Judge of the High Court and knighted. He became Lord Chief Justice and joined the Privy Council in 2004.

Lord Anthony Clarke: One of the first 11 justices to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

In 2005 he was appointed Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice.

Lord Nicholas Wilson: Served on the Court of Appeal from 2005 to 2011, when he was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court.

From 1993 until 2005, he was a judge of the Family Division of the High Court.

Lord Jonathan Sumption: Raised to the Supreme Court bench directly from the bar in 2012. Appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 1992 and served as a Recorder between 1993 and 2001. Appointed as a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey in 1995.

Lord Robert Reed: A leading human rights authority in Scotland, he also serves as one of the UK's ad hoc judges at the European Court of Human Rights. He was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2012.

Lord Robert Carnwath: Served as Attorney General to the Prince of Wales from 1988 to 1994. Appointed to the Supreme Court in 2011.

Between 2007 and 2012 he was Senior President of Tribunals and led the planning and implementation of the reforms of the tribunal system following the Leggatt report.

Lord Anthony Hughes: Appointed to the Supreme Court in 2013 and also sits on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the court of final appeal for UK overseas territories, Crown dependencies and certain Commonwealth countries.

In 2006, appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, serving as the vice president of its Criminal Division from 2009 until his appointment as Justice of the Supreme Court.

Lord Patrick Hodge: Joined the Supreme Court in 2013. Has spoken out against Lady Hale's calls for diversity quotas in the Supreme Court, saying women want "genuine equality".

Lord Roger Toulson: Appointed Justice of the Supreme Court in 2013. Between 2002 and 2006, was Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales, then appointed to the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in 2007.

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