An investiture ceremony for Judge Larry Roberts, on the trial bench for 27 years and now a member of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, was held Tuesday in Meridian.
The nine other members of the Court of Appeals attended a formal ceremony. The oath was administered by Chief Justice Leslie D. King.
"I do now sincerely pledge to you that I will take my oath seriously," said Roberts. "I will to the best of my ability administer justice without respect to persons, do equal right to the rich and to the poor and I will faithfully and impartially discharge my responsibility as a judge, so help me God."
Roberts said he is humbled by his new office. He was appointed to fill a vacancy by Gov. Haley Barbour.
"I've tried to do the very best that I knew how for the last 27 years as a trial judge and this is just indicative, I think, that the people believe that's exactly what I have done," Roberts said.
The next session of court for the Tenth Circuit Court District began Monday. Indications are that Gov. Barbour will appoint a replacement for Roberts in February.
An election for a permanent replacement will be held Nov. 7 during statewide general elections. The qualifying deadline for candidates is May 5.