HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Former Appellate Court Judge Richard Robinson has begun working as the newest justice on the Connecticut State Supreme Court.

A court spokeswoman said Robinson began reading cases on Friday.

It came a day after the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for Robinson. Afterward, the panel voted 29-0 in favor of his confirmation, elevating him to the state’s highest bench for now.

Because the legislature is not in session, Robinson will have to go through the same hearing and committee process next year, followed by a vote of the House of Representatives and Senate.

Sen. Eric Coleman, the committee’s co-chairman, said he “doesn’t anticipate any issue or difficulty” with Robinson’s nomination moving successfully through the legislature.

The new justice was first appointed to the bench in 2000.

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