Scott Kafker, '85, was sworn in Monday afternoon as the newest justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, replacing Geraldine Hines who retired Friday.
Kafker, who previously served as chief justice of the Appeals Court, took the oath of office in a private State House ceremony, a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Baker said.
A Swampscott resident who served with Baker in Gov. William Weld's administration, Kafker is now the fifth justice Baker has placed on the high court bench.
Two of the seven judges, Chief Justice Ralph Gants and Associate Justice Barbara Lenk, were appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick, as was Hines.
Kafker was sworn in by Lon Povich, Baker's chief legal counsel, and Sharon Casey, deputy counsel and executive director of the Judicial Nominating Commission, according to Baker press secretary Billy Pitman. A formal ceremony will be held later, with details to be announced by the court.
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