As the Supreme Court completes its first year of sittings this week, nobody is saying anything about the contribution to its jurisprudence by the third most senior member of the court, Lord Saville of Newdigate. That is because — as far as I can see — Lord Saville has not written a single judgment.
A search through the court’s rulings reveals the occasional paragraph or two in which Lord Saville says whom he agrees with. But even in cases where Lord Saville has presided, the “judgment of the court” has been written by someone else.
Of course, I am happy to be corrected by anyone who has found a substantive judgment written by Lord Saville during the past year. And even though he now retires from the court, he may have written substantively in cases where judgment has yet to be delivered; he sat, for example, on one of the cases in which a ruling is to be delivered tomorrow.
Update, 28 July: Again, no judgment from Lord Saville today. Again, in the case where he presided, the most junior member of the court — Sir John Dyson — has written the court’s judgment.
Second update: Talking of vacancies in the Supreme Court, I see that the Bar Council is holding an event in December called Improve Your Chances of Judicial Selection. The speaker is Jonathan Sumption QC.