California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George announced yesterday that he is retiring after 38 years on the bench while he is “at the top of [his] game.” SF Gate reports that Justice George wants his successor to be appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, expressing “a great sense of reassurance in the exemplary level of appointments this governor has made” and in his “commitment to the judicial branch.”
Schwarzenegger must appoint a successor by September 16th for that person to appear on the November ballot, explains the San Jose Mercury News, which reports that the governor’s office said it will “begin immediately working to fill the position.” The position heads both the state Supreme Court and the California Judicial Council, the policymaking arm of the state court system.
Justice George has been an influential judicial figure, writing important rulings on many issues, including the decision in In Re Marriage Cases (2008) 43 C4th 757, 76 CR3d 683, which declared the right of gays and lesbians to marry. On recognition of same-sex marriage in California, including a discussion of In Re Marriage Cases , check out CEB’s California Domestic Partnerships §§4A.1-4A.8A (Cal CEB 2005).
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