Reed and Carnwath elevated to Supreme Court

Lord Reed and Lord Justice Carnwath were yesterday named as new justices of the Supreme Court.

The appointments were made following the death of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry in June 2011, and the upcoming retirement of Lord Brown in April next year.

The duo bring the number of appointments to the court to four during the course of 2011, following the selection of Jonathan Sumption QC and Lord Justice Wilson in May (4 May 2011).

Lord Reed has sat as a senior Scottish judge for 13 years and has recently been an acting judge of the Supreme Court. He has also sat on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Lord Justice Carnwath has been the Senior President of Tribunals since 2007, leading implementation of reforms of the tribunal system following the 2001 Leggatt Report. He has been a Court of Appeal judge since 2002 and was chairman of the Law Commission from 1998 to 2002.

A further appointment to the Supreme Court will be made next year as president Lord Phillips is retiring at the end of the judicial year (11 October 2011).

Supreme Court appointments are made by the Queen with the advice of the Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, following the recommendation of an independent selection commission.