December 13, 2010

Chief Justice honors Justice Marvin Baxter’s 20 years on the Court, underscoring the Court’s stability

In this recent press release, retiring Chief Justice Ronald M. George paid tribute to Justice Marvin R. Baxter, who will soon celebrate the 20th anniversary of his taking office as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. The length of Justice Baxter’s service underscores the Court’s remarkable stability in recent decades. Justice Joyce Kennard has already served on the Court for more than 20 years. Justices Kathryn M. Werdegar and Ming W. Chin also each have about a decade-and-a-half of service under their belts, having served since the mid-1990’s. The relatively junior members of the Court, Justices Carlos R. Moreno (with nine years of service) and Carol A. Corrigan (almost five years of service) also possess substantial experience on the Court. All this means that incoming Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will be able to draw on her colleagues’ wealth of experience, unless the longevity of Justices Kennard, Baxter, Werdegar, and Chin portend that more members of the Court might soon follow Chief Justice George into retirement.

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