‘History’: Ketanji Brown Jackson officially joins US top court | Courts News

Justice Jackson takes oath to start tenure as the primary Black girl on the US Supreme Court docket.

US Supreme Court docket Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in to start out her lifetime appointment as the primary Black girl to serve on the nation’s high court docket.

Jackson took the oath of workplace to exchange retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday after the court docket launched its closing rulings for this time period. The court docket’s subsequent time period is ready to start out early in October.

“Now, on behalf of all of the members of the Court docket, I’m happy to welcome Justice Jackson to the Court docket and to our widespread calling,” Chief Justice John Roberts stated after a quick ceremony on the Supreme Court docket.

Politicians and activists had been fast to welcome Jackson’s accession to the highest court docket and spotlight the historic nature of her appointment.

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Jackson takes her judicial oath of workplace as an Affiliate Justice of the US Supreme Court docket from Justice Stephen Breyer, whom she is changing [Supreme Court of the United States/Handout via Reuters]

“Supreme Court docket Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Historical past,” Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer wrote on Twitter.

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the Home of Representatives, cited latest choices by the court docket in help of right-wing positions in celebrating Justice Jackson.

“As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson takes her seat on the Supreme Court docket, our nation takes an historic step towards realizing our highest beliefs,” Pelosi stated in a social media put up.

“Amid this Court docket’s merciless assault on Individuals’ well being, freedom and safety, she might be a a lot wanted drive for equal justice for all.”

In a string of latest rulings, the Supreme Court docket has revoked the constitutional proper to abortion, struck down gun laws and curbed the chief department’s energy to scale back greenhouse fuel emissions from energy vegetation.

“Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson simply made historical past by being the primary Black girl on SCOTUS and the one individual on this bench with public defender expertise,” Congressman Jamaal Bowman wrote on Twitter.

“We’re so pleased with you and can’t wait to see you defend our democracy and get up for the folks.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren additionally cited Jackson’s earlier expertise as a public defender, a lawyer paid by the state to signify suspects who can not afford authorized counsel.

“I’m thrilled to see Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in in the present day as the primary Black girl to serve on the Supreme Court docket! As a former public defender, she’ll carry a useful perspective to the bench,” Warren stated in a tweet.

“I additionally wish to thank Justice Breyer for his extraordinary public service.”

Jackson made historical past when she was confirmed by the US Senate in April, with Democratic politicians praising her as a certified jurist and a trailblazer. President Joe Biden had nominated her earlier within the yr after Breyer introduced his intention to retire.

Jackson will be a part of a closely conservative court docket, the place the liberal minority has been on the dissenting facet in most main contentious instances.

5 justices on the nine-member court docket have been appointed by Republican presidents, together with three by Donald Trump. Jackson is predicted to facet with two Barack Obama appointees – Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor – on the liberal minority.