Thursday, 12 January 2012
All of us who work in law libraries are used to having colleagues who we suspect don't struggle as much as most when they settle down to watch University Challenge. But we also don't generally have library users who have been described on the BBC as having a "Brain the Size of a Planet".
Well that's the prospect that the staff at the Supreme Court library face now that Jonathan Sumption has been sworn in as a Supreme Court judge.
But they can rest easy. Because amidst all the coverage of his elevation to our highest court a crucial and in my mind pivotal piece of information has been missed. What information you say? Well as a Bencher at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple the now Lord Sumption served as a valued and supportive member of the Library Committee for many years.
Lord Sumption hears his first case today sitting on a panel of five in a shipping dispute case.
19/1/2012 - Update - We now understand that Lord Sumption was not only a member of the Committee but was Master of the Library chairing the Committee for 12 years!