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Swearing-in of Lady Justice Rose

Swearing-in of Lady Justice Rose as Justice of the Supreme Court

Monday 19 April, 9.30am

Closed ceremony at the Supreme Court

Portrait of Lady Justice Rose - New appointment to the Supreme Court
Lady Justice Rose

On Monday 19 April at 9.30am, Lady Justice Rose will be sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court in a closed ceremony in Courtroom 1.

The Supreme Court is making every effort to maintain a functioning court system in support of the administration of justice and rule of law during this challenging time. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony will be modified to ensure that latest Government guidance on social distancing is observed.

The ceremony will take place in Courtroom 1, in the Supreme Court building. It will be a closed event with only a small number of guests in attendance. Lady Justice Rose will recite the judicial oath in the presence of the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Reed. The other Supreme Court justices and a few members of staff will also attend the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Lady Justice Rose will be known as Lady Rose of Colmworth.

The ceremony will be live streamed on the Supreme Court website and, a short time after the event, will be available to view 'on demand' via the Court's YouTube channel

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 13 April however, following the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, it was decided to postpone the swearing-in.

Notes to Editors

  1. Lady Justice Rose
  2. Dame Vivien Rose took her first degree at Newnham College, Cambridge and a post-graduate degree at Brasenose College, Oxford. She was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1984 and was in practice at Monckton Chambers for ten years. She was appointed Standing Counsel to the Director General of Fair Trading in 1992.

    In 1995 she left private practice to join the Government Legal Service serving as a legal adviser on financial services at HM Treasury until 2001. In 2002 she was appointed to the Senior Civil Service and moved to the Ministry of Defence as Director of Operational and International Humanitarian Law. From 2005 to 2008 she was seconded to the Office of Counsel to the Speaker of the House of Commons.

    In 2006 she was appointed to her first judicial role as a fee-paid Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She was appointed to further tribunal posts and became a Recorder in the criminal jurisdiction, South Eastern circuit in 2010. In May 2013 Dame Vivien was sworn in as a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division. She was President of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) between 2015 and 2018 and was a nominated judge of the Financial List from its inception.

    She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in January 2019.

  3. To request an image of Lady Justice Rose following the ceremony please email You can gain access to the footage of the ceremony through contacting Millbank, in the usual way.

  4. The appointment of Lady Justice Rose was announced by 10 Downing Street on 4 March 2021 . She replaces Lady Black, who retired in January 2021.

  5. Latest advice and guidance for Court users on arrangements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic are available on the Supreme Court website Supreme Court website.


For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Sophia Linehan-Biggs / Janet Coull Trisic - Head of Communications
020 7960 1887
07825 283 885

Rebecca Lowson - Media and Communications Manager
020 7960 1894
07825 283 877

Please note, this story was updated on Monday 12 April 2021