Lord Hodge takes the Judicial Oath and Oath of Allegiance before ten of his fellow Justices of the Supreme Court, all dressed in ceremonial black and gold robes. The Justices will later process to Westminster Abbey for the service marking the opening of the legal year in England and Wales.
Lord Hodge's appointment follows the retirement of Lord Hope after seventeen years' service with the House of Lords and latterly the Supreme Court. He joins Lord Reed as the Scottish members of the Court and so continues the long-standing convention that the at least two of the Court's Justices should have comprehensive experience of the Scottish legal system.
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