The Supreme Court will resume sittings on 5 October 2016. We highlighted some of the key upcoming cases last week here.
Five of the current Justices are due to retire by the end of 2018, including the President Lord Neuberger and heavyweights such as Lords Mance and Sumption. There has been criticism about the selection process for Justices – such as whether it will continue to focus on white males of a certain age and background or whether greater diversity will play a part in the process – and in this piece we look at the process, the criticisms and some possible candidates. The answer to ‘why now?’ is that an immediate vacancy was created in the SC with Lord Toulson’s retirement on 22 September 2016.