Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thomas Cromwell sworn in as new Supreme Court judge

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.

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