The Supreme Court has just released a press release stating that Jonathan Sumption QC will be sworn-in as a Supreme Court Justice tomorrow. Sumption will be the third Justice to be sworn-in since the Supreme Court was inaugurated in October 2009. His appointment follows the retirement of Lord Collins last year.

“Lord Phillips, President of the Supreme Court, will conduct the ceremony in which Mr Sumption will take the Judicial Oath and Oath of Allegiance in front of other Supreme Court Justices dressed in their ceremonial robes, as well as friends, family and other guests. It has become tradition for a new Justice to shake hands with each of their fellow Justices in turn, before bowing to them. The bench of Justices will then bow to the new Justice in return.”

Following the ceremony, Mr Sumption will be styled Lord Sumption, and will begin sitting on Thursday 12 January, among a panel of five Justices hearing the shipping dispute case of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. v E.N.E. Kos 1 Limited.

Lord Reed, whose appointment was announced on 20 December 2011, will be sworn-in as a Justice on 6 February 2012.