Six senior barristers have been appointed as temporary High Court judges sitting in Northern Ireland.
David Scoffield QC, Stephen Shaw QC, Gerald Simpson QC, Michael Humphreys QC, Karen Quinlivan QC and Danny Friedman QC were sworn in at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast.
The new appointments will cover vacancies and ease current pressures on the judiciary.
Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan presided over the ceremony and congratulated his new colleagues on being called to the bench. He said: "It is an opportunity to emphasis service in judicial office is for the benefit of the community as a whole."
Sir Declan also stressed the six barristers' "deserved strong reputations".
"I look forward go the contribution each makes... to a fair justice system in which the whole community can have confidence."