California Supreme Court

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February 11, 2014

California Supreme Court Associate Justice Joyce Kennard has announced her intention to leave the state’s highest court later this year.

Kennard, 72, plans to resign effective April 5, giving Gov. Jerry Brown his second opportunity to fill a California Supreme Court vacancy after having appointed Justice Goodwin Liu in 2011.

Brown’s selection to replace Kennard will be subject to confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments – a body composed of State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Justice Joan Dempsey Klein – and would then go before voters during the following election. The successor would be up for a potential re-election in 2018, at the end of Kennard’s current term.

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