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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau applauds after Richard Wagner was sworn in as Canada's new Supreme Court chief justice during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Dec. 18, 2017.

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Richard Wagner has officially taken the helm at Canada's highest court.

The Quebec jurist was sworn in today as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada at a short ceremony at Rideau Hall.

Wagner takes over from Beverley McLachlin, who retired Friday after serving for 17 years as chief and a total of 28 years on the court.

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Wagner was also sworn in as a member of the privy council in front of an audience which included his family, McLachlin, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Appointed to the Supreme Court by former prime minister Stephen Harper, the 60-year-old Wagner could hold the chief justice role for 15 years, should he opt to remain until the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Also today, Alberta judge Sheilah Martin was formally appointed to the high court.

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