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02 October 2017

UK Supreme Court gets first female president

The UK's highest court has officially sworn-in its first ever female president on Monday.

Lady Brenda Hale has succeeded Lord Neuberger as the UK's most senior judge following a special ceremony at Supreme Court in London.

Onlookers at the ceremony applauded as Lady's Hale's name was etched in British history. The ceremony also marks the beginning of the new legal year and has been by invitation only.

Lady Hale, 72, has been deputy president since June 2013, ruling on some of the UK's biggest cases, including the Brexit appeal.

She has led the way in judicial diversity, after becoming the first female justice of the court in October 2009.

Despite the closed proceedings, members of the public had an opportunity to see history made, with special screenings streamed live at the court, and admittance on a first-come basis.

The Supreme Court's website has also been live streaming the momentous occasion, and the court's YouTube channel will enable on-demand viewing for anyone who misses the proceedings.

Both parents of Yorkshire-born Lady Hale had been headteachers, and the down-to-earth judge is described on the Supreme Court's website as a "home maker as well as a judge".

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