The Supreme Court of Canada welcomed a new member Monday after Thomas Cromwell was officially sworn in during a private ceremony in Ottawa.
A former Nova Scotia Court of Appeal judge, Cromwell replaces Michel Bastarache, who announced his plan to retire last spring.
A public welcoming ceremony will be held on Feb. 16 for Cromwell, who has been described as a legal centrist.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Cromwell's appointment to the court on Dec. 22, bypassing a parliamentary hearing process he championed in order to more publicly scrutinize nominees. Cromwelll had been nominated in early September.