Judge Amy Coney Barrett who was recently confirmed as an Associate Justice in the US Supreme Court has been sworn in at the White House on Monday. Barrett was confirmed following a 52-48 majority vote by members of Congress. Justice Clarence Thomas gave Barrett the constitutional oath on Monday and according to the Supreme Court, Barrett will take her judicial oath on Tuesday after which she will resume duties as a member of the highest court in the United States.
Chief Justice John Roberts who will administer Barrett’s judicial oath is an extremely conservative Supreme Court justice, just like the late Justice Antonin Scalia who is Barrett’s mentor. Barrett, who has continuously emphasized the importance of separating the powers of the judiciary and legislature, tips the number of justices in the court to favor conservatives. Barrett advocates that the judiciary should be separate from the legislature and the executive and must also remove herself from any form of personal ideals that might affect her judgment.
“It is the job of a senator to pursue her policy preferences,” Barrett said at the White House. “In fact, it would be a dereliction of duty for her to put policy goals aside. By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in to them. Federal judges don’t stand for election. Thus, they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people.”
Her nomination by President Donald Trump caused a lot of uproars which heightened after she was confirmed on Monday. Democrats in Congress have insisted that the Supreme Court should be expanded to take in more justices in the Supreme Court which is now dominantly filled with conservative justices.
The November 3 election results will determine future appointments into the Supreme Court. Joe Biden, the Democrat presidential candidate, has evaded questions about what nominations he would make into the Supreme Court if he emerges the winner of the election. He told reporters on Monday that he might consider moving some of the justices in the Supreme Court to lower courts if he is elected but that he had not reached a conclusion yet.
“There is some literature among constitutional scholars about the possibility of going from one court to another court, not just always staying the whole time in the Supreme Court; but I have made no judgment,” Biden said during a campaign stop.
Biden also said that he would create a commission of notable constitutional scholars who will submit their recommendations on court reforms 180 days after he is sworn in if he becomes the president of the United States.