Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, the new Supreme Court Justices 2009-2010


www.supremecourt.uk (Annual Report and Accounts 2009-2010)

Lords of Appeal in Ordinary created under the terms of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876. On 1 October 2009, the Lords Appeal in Ordinary became the first Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. (Wikipedia)


Sir John Dyson (as he appears in the photo above) was never a Lord of Appeals in Ordinary.  He joined the Supreme Court in April 2010 and left in October 2012 to become the 96th Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice; we forced him in 2016 into early retirement following evidence of bribery and corrupt activities, conflict of interest with his own private business, and unlawful use of courtesy title conferred upon him and as abused by his wife who tagged along with him at conferences pretending to be from the aristocracy.


“…Commonly known as Law Lords, were appointed under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 to the House of Lords of the United Kingdom in order to exercise its judicial functions, which included acting as the highest court of appeal for most domestic matters. The House of Lords, however, lost its judicial functions upon the establishment of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in October 2009; those in office became Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and those Supreme Court justices that have seats in the House of Lords lost their right to speak and vote there until their retirement as justices of the new court…  The two most senior Lords of Appeal in Ordinary were designated the Senior and Second Senior Lords of Appeal in Ordinary respectively. The Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary historically was the Law Lord who was senior by virtue of having served in the House for the longest period. With the appointment of Lord Bingham of Cornhill in 2000, however, it became an appointed position.  The Second Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary became the peer who had served for the longest period. Lord Hope of Craighead succeeded to this position on Lord Hoffmann‘s retirement on 20 April 2009.   Those appointees who were not already members of the House of Lords were created life peers; for their titles see the list of law life peerages. Initially it was intended that peers created in this way would only sit in the House of Lords while serving their term as judges, but in 1887 (on the retirement of Lord Blackburn) the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1887 provided that former judges would retain their seats for life. Under the terms of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, which transferred the judicial functions of the House of Lords to the new Supreme Court, justices of the new court (and other lords holding specified judicial offices) do not have the right to speak and vote in the House until they leave office. (Wikipedia)


‘Lords of Appeal in Ordinary’ or ‘Law Lords’ were transferred (not appointed by a select commission) from the House of Lords to the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom created on 1 October 2009 and became Supreme Court Justices as appointed by Her Majesty The Queen:

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

[Nicholas Addison Phillips, Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers, of Belsize Park in the London Borough of Camden](appointed to House of Lords in 1999) also first President of the Supreme Court from 2009 to 2012; appointed Lord Wilson of Culworth (the most corrupt judge of 21st Century) as Justice of the Supreme Court in 2011

Lord Hope of Craighead

[James Arthur David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead] (appointed to House of Lords in 1996) also first Deputy President of the Supreme Court from 2009 to 2013

Lord Saville of Newdigate

[Mark Oliver Saville, Baron Saville of Newdigate, of NewdigateSurrey](appointed to House of Lords in 1997), Supreme Court Justice form 2009 to 2010, succeeded by Lord Wilson of Culworth

Lord Rodger of Earlsferry

[Alan Ferguson Rodger, Baron Rodger of Earlsferry] (appointed to House of Lords in 2001) –  Supreme Court Justice form 2009 to 2011, died in office 26 June 2011

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe

[Robert Walker, Baron Walker of Gestingthorpe, of GestingthorpeEssex](appointed to House of Lords in 2002) – Supreme Court Justice from 2009 to 2013

Lady Hale of Richmond

[Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, of EasbyNorth Yorkshire](appointed to House of Lords in 2004) – Deputy President of the Supreme Court from 2013 to 2017; appointed President of the Supreme Court (to succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury) from October 2017

“…studied at Girton College, Cambridge, where she read law and graduated with a starred first and top of her class. After becoming assistant lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester, she was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1969, topping the list in the bar finals for that year.  Working part-time as a barrister, Hale spent 18 years mostly in academia, becoming Professor of Law at Manchester in 1986. Two years earlier, she became the first woman and youngest person to be appointed to the Law Commission, overseeing a number of important reforms in family law during her nine years with the Commission.”

Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood

[Simon Denis Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, of Eaton-under-HeywoodShropshire] (appointed to House of Lords in 2004) – in the Supreme Court from 2009 to 2012

Lord Mance

[Jonathan Hugh Mance, Baron Mance, of Frognal in the London Borough of Camden](appointed to House of Lords in 2005) (son of Sir Henry Stenhouse Mance, one-time chairman of Lloyd’s of London) –  Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (succeeding Baroness Hale) from October 2017

Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

[David Edmond Neuberger, Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury, of AbbotsburyDorset] (appointed to House of Lords in 2007) – not appointed to the Supreme Court until 2012 (instead appointed Master of the Rolls);  President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from 2012 to 2017; resigned from the Supreme Court in 2017

Lord Collins of Mapesbury

[Lawrence Anthony Collins, Baron Collins of Mapesbury, of Hampstead Town in the London Borough of Camden] (appointed to House of Lords in April 2009), Supreme Court Justice from 2009 to 2011

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore

[Brian Francis Kerr, Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore, in the County of Down] (appointed to House of Lords in June 2009) – former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Supreme Court Justice from 2009

For a complete 
list of people who have been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary under the terms of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876, click here.


Other Justices of the Supreme Court appointed in 2010:

Sir John Dyson was appointed as the 12th Justice to replace Lord Neuberger just before Easter 2010 and was sworn in on 19 April 2010.



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