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Michigan’s Supreme Court chief justice announces she will step down by January 1st

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack will step down by the end of the year.

McCormack has six years left in her eight-year term. She was reelected two years ago as a Democratic nominee to the state’s highest court. But, in a statement, McCormack said –quote- “after a decade, the time has come for me to move on…”

McCormack’s administrative priorities have focused largely on access to legal services for people who have a hard time affording representation and alternatives to incarceration.

McCormack says she will officially exit sometime after November 22nd but before January 1st. That means Governor Gretchen Whitmer will get to name a new justice, who would stand for election in 2024 to complete the term.