'It is well known that Baroness Hale is a most distinguished jurist and has long been at the forefront in the task of arguing for a properly diverse judiciary.
Her appointment will serve as an encouragement to all in showing how important this is.'
'I am delighted to congratulate Lady Hale on her appointment as president of the Supreme Court. Not only does she have an outstanding legal mind, she has also campaigned for greater judicial diversity tirelessly and with good humour for many years.
We need judges who have demonstrated legal excellence throughout their careers, just as we also - crucially - need judges from diverse backgrounds to oversee some of the most important and significant cases that shape our laws.
There are still far fewer women than men in the judiciary, but - thanks in large part to role models like Lady Hale - the number is growing steadily.
With Lady Hale as their inspiration, I hope more women - and others from diverse backgrounds - will feel that the legal profession is one in which they can realise their ambitions.'