The Nottingham Trent University has recently hosted a solemn and historic ceremony, the like of which has not been carried out on British soil for about 250 years. The ceremony took place at the University's Law School and was intended mainly to swear in Professor Peter Romary as North Carolina judge. This ceremony marks the first time that a US judge has taken his oath in Britain since the 1700s, the period when North Carolina was still a British colony.
The ceremony was held at the Law School since the event also welcomed the first American students on its LLM in Legal Practice program under the distance learning platform. Of the American LLM students welcomed, four are judges.
Professor Romary traveled to England with faculty staff from North Carolina's Campbell Law School. He will serve as pro-tempore judge by virtue of his appointment. He will also sit in North Carolina's judiciary based on the state's civil claims work load.
Professor Romary's father, who was a retired district judge and solicitor, and his mother who held the Bible, looked on while the Professor took his oath presided over by U.S. judge Jeff Foster. Professor Romary's parents are both British, which is one of the main reasons he asked for a special permission to be sworn in at Nottingham.
The Professor emigrated to the US in 1992 and now lives with his wife in North Carolina. He lectures internationally and his pro-bono work helping victims of violent crimes and domestic violence made him popular. He was well known for securing a record wrongful death verdict of $525 million when he was still a young attorney.