Supreme Court holds investiture ceremony for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 30: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Chief Justice John Roberts stop for photos on the top steps of the Supreme Court after her inauguration ceremony on September 30, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Washington – Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was formally welcomed to the High Court at her induction ceremony on Friday morning, just before the Supreme Court convened to begin its new term on Monday.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, along with their spouses, attended Friday’s private, invitation-only ceremony for Jackson, the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Jackson was nominated to the Supreme Court by Mr. Biden to replace him retired judge Stephen Breyer and approved by the Senate in April. She was sworn in as the 116th court at the end of June.

Cameras were not allowed in the Supreme Court during the six-minute ceremony. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Jackson before she took her seat on the bench and smiled as Roberts welcomed her to court. The courtroom was packed, and according to reporters in the courtroom, almost every seat was taken. All current and some former judges were present.

Breyer had already administered the judicial oath to Jackson in late June.

The high court ended its final term — Breyer’s final term as a judge — with sweeping rulings ending the constitutional right to abortion, expanding gun rights and limiting the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency to combat climate change.

In the village new term of the Supreme Court – Jackson’s first is for the judges to weigh admissions policies based on race in elective universities, electoral rights and federal election and LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections.

They will also welcome members of the public to oral arguments for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic and provide live audio of scheduled arguments for the new term. The high court began making audio recordings of its arguments available after the pandemic closed the courtroom, and continued to do so during the last term.