The Supreme Court has postponed the swearing-in of its new justice following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh last week.
Lady Justice Rose was due to be sworn in at a socially-distanced ceremony tomorrow morning. However, the closed event will now take place Monday 19 April at 9.30am. A two-minute silence will also be observed at the start of the Supreme Court's first hearing of the week and justices will wear mourning dress, consisting of a black tie or ‘other appropriate dress’.
The Union Flag above the Supreme Court building in Parliament Square will fly at half-mast until 8am on Sunday 18 April, the day after the funeral.
However, all Supreme Court hearings – together with the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council hearings – will go ahead as scheduled during the mourning period, will last up to and including the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday 17 April.
Lady Justice Rose will replace Lady Black when she joins the Supreme Court next week. A former civil service lawyer, she is the fourth woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception. She was president of the Upper Tribunal (tax and chancery chamber) between 2015 and 2018, before heading to the Court of Appeal in 2019.
Following the death of Prince Philip, the Ministry of Justice has postponed an urgent online meeting for barristers on government plans to reform judicial review. A new date has yet to be announced.