Supreme Court begins search for new Deputy President

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The Supreme Court has begun looking for a new Deputy President, following news that the recently appointed Lord Mance will retire in June next year.

Two current Justices – Lord Hughes and Lord Sumption – are also scheduled to retire later in 2018, so the Supreme Court will be seeking replacements for them as well during the recruitment campaign. If one of the Court’s current Justices is promoted to the role of new Deputy President, then the appointment of a third replacement will be considered.

In an official announcement, the Court notes:

“The cases dealt with by the Supreme Court involve difficult points of law of general public importance and demand a deep level of legal knowledge and understanding, combined with high intellectual capacity and an understanding of the social context in which these issues arise and the communities which the law is there to serve.”

Applicants will have to have held a senior judicial position for at least two years and be able to show a good understanding of “the Constitutional role of the Supreme Court and its relationship with the other branches of government as well as with the governments and legislature of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

The Supreme Court is especially interested in hearing from candidates from diverse backgrounds. Personal visits will be available to interested candidates, during which they will be able to talk to current Justices and sit in on court proceedings.

The closing date for applications is midday on January 26. The newly appointed Deputy President will be expected to take office around June 6.

Watch Supreme Court President Lady Hale discuss the vacancies below:

Photo of the Supreme Court entrance by Gareth Williams via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

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