A special seven-member Alabama Supreme Court was sworn in Monday to hear Judge Roy Moore's appeal of his ouster as chief justice.
Former Alabama governor and former criminal appeals court judge John Patterson is serving as chief justice for the special Supreme Court.
The other members are also retired appellate court and circuit court judges.
The special court was selected because all members of the regular Supreme Court stepped aside from hearing Moore's case.
Moore is appealing his ouster by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. He was removed from office for failing to obey a federal judge's order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state Judicial Building in Montgomery.