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Georges sworn in as associate justice of state’s high court

December 16, 2020 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Serge Georges, Jr. was sworn in Wednesday as an associate justice of the state’s highest court.

Georges was nominated to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court by Gov. Charlie Baker last month.

The Republican governor, in his second term, has now appointed all seven members of the high court.

The swearing-in of Georges — who is Black and the son of Haitian immigrants — followed Baker’s choice of Kimberly Budd to be the court’s first Black female chief justice and Dalila Argaez Wendlandt to be the court’s first Latina justice.

Georges, 50, is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

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Georges grew up in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston and was nominated by former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick to the Boston Municipal Court in 2013. He presided over the Dorchester Drug Court from 2014 to 2018.

He fills the associate justice seat currently held by Budd.

Georges is only the second Black man to serve on the high court, following former Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland.