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Lady Hale is the new Deputy President of Supreme Court

Baroness Hale of Richmond has been appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court.

Lady Hale said:

"It is an honour and a privilege to have been chosen to follow Lord Hope, who has made such a success of the role in the transition from the House of Lords to the Supreme Court. I look forward to continuing and building upon the work which he has done to establish this great new institution in our national life."

Lady Hale became the United Kingdom's first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in January 2004, before the establishment of the Supreme Court in 2009, following five years sitting in the Court of Appeal and five years as a High Court judge. She is currently the only female Justice of the Supreme Court.

Lady Hale specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on 'The Family, Law and Society'. In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission.

The role of Deputy President involves working alongside the President to oversee the judicial work of the Court, and liaising closely with Chief Executive who manages the Court's administration. The Deputy President also shares a wider leadership and ambassadorial role with the President, undertaking a range of engagements to promote understanding of the role of the judiciary and senior appellate courts in the UK and to foster international links.

Lady Hale assumed the responsibilities of Deputy President on Friday 28 June, following Lord Hope's retirement the day before. She will be sworn in at a special ceremony on a date to be announced.