By Jim Melwert

By Jim Melwert

NORRISTOWN, Pa., (CBS) — Former Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman was sworn in as Common Pleas Court judge in a ceremony in the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Risa Ferman was given the oath of office by Superior Court president judge Susan Peikes Gantman, then her three children helped her put on her robe.

“Today is a day where I break with my past, I made a choice to move to a new platform,” said Ferman.

The move to the bench comes after 25 years in the DA’s office, eight as the top prosecutor in Montgomery County. During that time, Ferman started Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, designed to help crime and abuse victims through the judicial process, but as a judge:

“I’m going to have to say goodbye to those things that have been a very important part of my life up until now and take on a role where I’m the arbiter of justice and have to be completely impartial and separate from those things that marked my past.”