SJC at full strength after private swearing-in ceremony

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David Lowy and Kimberly Budd were officially sworn in as justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a private ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said.

The private swearing-in was attended by the new justices’ families, SJC Justices Geraldine Hines and Margot Botsford, retired SJC Justice Robert Cordy, former SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, former Attorney General Thomas Reilly, and other friends, Baker spokesman Billy Pitman said.

Baker’s third nominee to the SJC, Frank Gaziano, was sworn in during a private ceremony last week. Details of a public ceremony for all three SJC justices will be announced in the future, Pitman said.

Gaziano, Lowy and Budd were each unanimously confirmed to the SJC by the Governor’s Council this summer. The three jurists will replace recently retired judges Cordy, Francis Spina and Fernande Duffly.

Budd, whom Gov. Deval Patrick appointed to the Superior Court in 2009, most recently served as a regional administrative justice responsible for overseeing the administration and management of criminal business in Middlesex County.

Lowy worked with Baker in the administration of former Gov. William Weld as deputy legal counsel before Weld put him on the district court bench in 1997. The late Gov. Paul Cellucci elevated Lowy to the Superior Court in 2001.

— Written by Colin A. Young

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