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New Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court named

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Bridget Mary McCormack is the sixth woman in the state’s history to be named chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. McCormack was elected unanimously by the other justices on the court this week.

McCormack says she’d like to see the court function as a nonpartisan body. And she says she wants to see improved access and ease in use of the court system for everyone in the state.

“The nonpartisan nature of this branch of government is frankly critical to its doing its job with integrity, and also critical to the public having confidence in what we do.”

McCormack joins an historic line-up of women serving in the state’s most powerful elected positions – including governor, secretary of state, and attorney general.

Justice David Viviano, a Republican, will serve as chief justice pro-tem.