Lady Hale marks Supreme Court's 10th anniversary at Westminster Abbey

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Lady Hale arrives at the Judges Service at Westminster Abbey in London today to mark the start of the new legal year

Lady Hale arrives at the Judges Service at Westminster Abbey in London today to mark the start of the new legal year

Lady Hale today marked the Supreme Court's tenth anniversary at her final ceremony at Westminster Abbey marking the start of the legal year.

The UK's highest court, which sits in the former Middlesex Guildhall in London, was created in October 2009, moving the Law Lords who sat in Parliament's upper house to an independent final court of appeal.

Today's anniversary comes a week after the court ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson's controversial decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful - possibly the most significant judgment in its ten-year history. 

Lady Hale, 74, was the first female Law Lord, the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court and the first judge at the High Court having been an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister.

She was among hundreds of senior judges, including all 12 Supreme Court justices, attending the service. 

The opening of the legal year was the Supreme Court president's last in the post, before she stands down in January to be replaced by deputy president Lord Reed. 

Lady Hale has previously been dubbed her 'the Beyonce of the legal world' and Britain's answer to the American Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The British judge has become known on the circuit for wearing oversized insect and animal brooches - choosing a spider for last week's major judgement.

Sitting as a panel of 11 justices for only the second time, the Supreme Court last Tuesday unanimously held that the prorogation was 'void and of no effect', prompting the immediate recall of Parliament. 

Lady Hale, pictured today, was the first female Law Lord and the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court

Lady Hale, pictured today, was the first female Law Lord and the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court

Lady Hale was among hundreds of senior judges, including all 12 Supreme Court justices, attending the service today

Lady Hale was among hundreds of senior judges, including all 12 Supreme Court justices, attending the service today

Lady Hale has been dubbed her 'the Beyonce of the legal world' and Britain's answer to America's Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Lady Hale has been dubbed her 'the Beyonce of the legal world' and Britain's answer to America's Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Lady Hale, pictured in London today, was the first judge at the High Court having been an academic and public servant

Lady Hale, pictured in London today, was the first judge at the High Court having been an academic and public servant

Lady Hale steps onto the pavement as some of Britain's most senior judges take part in the annual Judges Service today

Lady Hale steps onto the pavement as some of Britain's most senior judges take part in the annual Judges Service today

Lady Hale smiles as she waits for the start of the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey in London today

Lady Hale smiles as she waits for the start of the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey in London today

Lady Hale has become known on the circuit for wearing oversized insect and animal brooches while delivering judgments

Lady Hale has become known on the circuit for wearing oversized insect and animal brooches while delivering judgments

A Supreme Court justice has his gown held for him after leaving the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey today

A Supreme Court justice has his gown held for him after leaving the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey today

Judges and other members of the legal profession leave Westminster Abbey following the Judges Service today

Judges and other members of the legal profession leave Westminster Abbey following the Judges Service today

The legal year begins at the beginning of October and since the middle ages has been marked with a procession of judges

The legal year begins at the beginning of October and since the middle ages has been marked with a procession of judges

Supreme Court justices file past Circuit Judges as they arrive for the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey today

Supreme Court justices file past Circuit Judges as they arrive for the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey today

The unprecedented judgment was welcomed as 'a huge victory for the rule of law' by those challenging Mr Johnson's decision, but led to criticism from Government members and pro-Brexit politicians and commentators.

The Supreme Court's inception ten years ago was a landmark legal development, separating the legislature from the judiciary as part of the then Labour government's constitutional reforms. 

It is the final court of appeal for the UK, apart from Scottish criminal cases, and concentrates on issues of the greatest public and constitutional importance.

The Supreme Court has delivered a number of other significant rulings, including on assisted dying, abortion rights in Northern Ireland and the law on joint enterprise in criminal trials. 

In a statement issued as his appointment to president was announced in July, Lord Reed said: 'It is a great honour to succeed Lady Hale as president of the Supreme Court. 

The start of the legal year is marked with a procession of judges from Temple Bar to Westminster Abbey for the service today

The start of the legal year is marked with a procession of judges from Temple Bar to Westminster Abbey for the service today

High Court judges sit in rows at Westminster Abbey today during the Judges Service in London

High Court judges sit in rows at Westminster Abbey today during the Judges Service in London

High Court judges leave Westminster Abbey in a line following the Judges Service today

High Court judges leave Westminster Abbey in a line following the Judges Service today

The service at Westminster Abbey comes today as the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Supreme Court is celebrated

Judges converse in Westminster Abbey today

The service at Westminster Abbey comes today as the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Supreme Court is celebrated

Judges and members of the legal profession leave Westminster Abbey following the Judges Service today

Judges and members of the legal profession leave Westminster Abbey following the Judges Service today

High Court judges sit in Westminster Abbey during the Judges Service today which marks the start of the legal year

High Court judges sit in Westminster Abbey during the Judges Service today which marks the start of the legal year

Hundreds of senior judges, including all 12 Supreme Court justices, attend the service at Westminster Abbey today

Hundreds of senior judges, including all 12 Supreme Court justices, attend the service at Westminster Abbey today

Judges enter Westminster Abbey today for the service, which takes place annually at the start of legal year

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 Judges enter Westminster Abbey today for the service, which takes place annually at the start of legal year

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland QC MP arrives at Westminster Abbey today

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland QC MP arrives at Westminster Abbey today

Judges leave Westminster Abbey in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament following the Judges Service today

Judges leave Westminster Abbey in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament following the Judges Service today

Judges arrive at Westminster Abbey for the annual service today which marks the start of the legal year

Judges arrive at Westminster Abbey for the annual service today which marks the start of the legal year

Judges and members of the legal profession leave Westminster Abbey following the Judges Service today

Judges and members of the legal profession leave Westminster Abbey following the Judges Service today

Lady Hale at the Supreme Court in London last Tuesday as a judgement prompts the immediate recall of Parliament

Lady Hale at the Supreme Court in London last Tuesday as a judgement prompts the immediate recall of Parliament

'In this year when we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the court, I reflect on the achievements of the

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