The United States US Senate has confirmed judge Amy Coney Barett to the Supreme Court in a victory for President Donald Trump a week before the presidential election.
The 48 year old Justice Barrett took the oath of office at the White House alongside President Trump on Tuesday morning.
Her appointment seals for the foreseeable future a 6-3 conservative majority on the top US judicial body.
Mr Trump’s fellow Republicans voted 52-48 to approve the judge, overcoming the unified opposition of Democrats.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called the move rushed and unprecedented.
Only one Republican, Senator Susan Collins, who faces a tough re-election battle in Maine, voted against the president’s nominee in Monday evening’s vote.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett from Indiana fills the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon who died last month.