Neil Gorsuch sworn in as US Supreme Court justice

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Washington : Neil Gorsuch was on Monday sworn in as the newest member of the US Supreme Court judicial body that will soon rule on a number of divisive issues including voting and gun rights.

The sworn in ceremony of the 49-year-old justice was held in the Rose Garden of the White House, during which US President Donald Trump lauded the accomplishment of his hand picked candidate, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Americans are blessed to have in Neil Gorsuch a man who will, likewise, be a devoted servant of the law," Trump said.

"I have no doubt you will rise to the occasion and that the decisions you will make will not only protect our Constitution today, but for many generations of Americans to come," Trump said.

For his part, Gorsuch said: "I am humbled by the trust placed in me today. I will never forget that to whom much is given, much will be expected."

"I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation," he said.

Gorsuch will be filling in a year-long vacancy left by late Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.