After listening in silence to the senators for nearly five hours, Barrett stood up and raised his right hand to take the oath, and was given her first chance to speak.
She stressed the importance of her family, thanked her husband, children and siblings who were present. She said her youngest son, who has Down Syndrome, did not attend the hearing but was at home with friends.
Barrett talks about how she was influenced by the justice of Antonin Scalia, for whom she served at the beginning of her career.
“Justice Scalia taught me more than law. He was committed to his family, firm in his beliefs and without fear of criticism. And when I started my own legal career, I decided to maintain the same perspective,” Barrett said. “In our profession, we tend to treat the practice of law as all-consuming, while losing sight of everything else. But this creates a shallow and impossible job.”
Barrett said he “never allows the law to define my identity or push out the rest of my life.” She said a “similar principle” applies to the courts.
“The courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is crucial for a free society. But the courts are not designed to solve every problem or correct every mistake in our public life,” Barrett said. “The political decisions and values of the government must be made by the political branches elected and accountable to the people. Society should not expect the courts to do so and the courts should not try.”
She said that in any case she has ruled on over the past three years as a federal judge, “she has done her best to achieve the result required by law, whatever my preferences are.”
“When I write a case resolution statement, I read every word from the loser’s point of view,” Barrett said. “I wonder how I would react to the decision if one of my children was the country I was speaking out against?” Although I would not want the result, would I understand that the decision is sufficiently justified and justified in law? the standard I set for myself in each case and this is the standard I will follow as long as I am a judge in each court. “
Barrett said she appeared before the Senate “in gratitude for those who came before me,” citing Judges Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose seat she will fill.
“I have been nominated to take Justice Ginsberg’s place, but no one will ever take her place. I will be eternally grateful for the path she has marked and the life she has led,” Barrett said.
Barrett concluded his statement by promising “to faithfully and impartially fulfill my obligations to the American people as an associate judge of the Supreme Court.”