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Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:38am

New Supreme Court Justice Takes Oath

Updated: 2 years ago.
Gov. Nathan Deal last month appointed 37-year-old Keith Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday. Blackwell takes his oath Thursday. (Photo Courtesy of s_falkow via Flickr.)

Gov. Nathan Deal is set to swear in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia Thursday.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell will take his oath in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell has served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue He will become the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

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