Replaces Lord Kerr who retires subsequent month

Lord Stephens

Lord Stephens has been appointed the latest member of the Supreme Court docket.

The Justice will be part of the UK’s prime bench on 1 October 2020, it was introduced yesterday. He takes the place of Lord Kerr, who’s retiring subsequent month. Kerr was the primary Supreme to return from Northern Eire, the place Stephens spent a big portion of his profession.

Lord Reed, president of the Supreme Court docket, welcomed the appointment. “It provides me nice pleasure to welcome the announcement of Lord Justice Stephens’s appointment as a Justice of the UK Supreme Court docket,” he stated, including:

“We stay up for his making a big contribution to the work of the Court docket and the event of the regulation, drawing on the in depth expertise which he has gained from a distinguished judicial profession.”

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Stephens was educated at Manchester College. He was known as to the bar of Northern Eire in 1977, and the bar of England and Wales the next 12 months. He was known as to the bar of Eire in 1996, the identical 12 months he took silk.

Stephens was a senior member of the federal government Civil Panel of Counsel from 2004 to 2007. He was appointed a Excessive Court docket choose in Northern Eire in 2007, assigned to the Household Division from 2008 and to the Queen’s Bench Division from 2014. Throughout this time he was Hague Conference liaison choose for worldwide instances involving youngster abduction.

Between 2013 and 2017, Stephens was a choose of the tax and chancery chamber of the Higher Tribunal. Since June 2013 so far he has been a commissioner within the Northern Eire Judicial Appointments Fee, first as a Excessive Court docket choose after which as a Lord Justice of Attraction. He was appointed Senior Lord Justice of Attraction in September 2017.

The very best courtroom within the land is comprised of 12 judges, 10 males and two ladies. Lord Hamblen was the most recent addition to the bench when he was sworn in alongside president Reed earlier this 12 months. Reed changed Girl Hale, who retired in January.