It was announced today that Lord Reed has been appointed to the United Kingdom Supreme Court. His appointment follows the untimely death of the highly regarded and much respected Lord Rodger who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Lord Reed was appointed a judge in the Court of Session and High Court if Justiciary in 1998 and was appointed to the Inner house in 2008. Lord Reed has sat in the European Court of Human Rights on an ad hoc basis and was one of the Scottish Judges who was drafted in to the UK Supreme Court following the death of Lord Rodger.
Lord Reed has a wealth of experience to take to the Supreme Court, principally around Commercial, Public and European Law.
With Lord Reed having been appointed to the Supreme Court and with Lord Hamilton due to retire next year there will be fresh faces to the benches of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary in the first half of next year. The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland is already seeking applicants to fill vacancies expected to arise until June 2012 and suitably qualified persons are invited to apply by 9 January 2012.
Lord Reed’s appointment to the Supreme Court will become effective from a date to be agreed between him, the President of the UK Supreme Court and Lord Hamilton.