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Politics Ralph Gant, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65

23:45  14 september  2020
23:45  14 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Ralph D. Gants (1954-2020) was the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court . He was sworn in on July 28, 2014. Gants , a New York native

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) is the highest court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts . Although the claim is disputed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

The chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has died at 65, his colleagues announced on Monday.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Ralph Gant, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 © Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ralph Gant, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65

"It is with deep sadness that the Associate Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court announce the death of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants. Our hearts and prayers are with his family. We have no further information at this time," the court's associate justices said, according to a Boston NBC affiliate.

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Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and six associate justices make up the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). The seven justices hear appeals on a broad range of criminal and civil cases from September to May and issue written opinions that are posted online. The SJC also supervises the judiciary and the bar

Chief Justice Gants said. "What makes this Walk to the Hill so remarkable is not how much we According to MLAC, legal aid programs in Massachusetts turn away 65 % of eligible residents Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Calls for Increased Civil Legal Aid

The justices did not offer details on the cause of Gant's death. Earlier this month, he announced he had had two stents inserted after a heart attack, but said that he expected to resume his full duties. Gant was appointed to the state's top appellate court in January 2009 by then-Gov. Deval Patrick (D). In 2014, Patrick swore him in as the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's 37th chief justice.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and former assistant U.S. Attorney in in Massachusetts, Gants was appointed to the state's Superior Court by then-Gov. Bill Weld (R) in 1997.

Gants and Justice Barbara Lenk were the only justices on the seven-justice Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court not appointed by current Gov. Charles Baker (R). Lenk will retire in December when she turns 70, the mandatory retirement age for justices. Another justice will not reach the mandatory retirement age until 2029.

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Chief Justice Gants discussed the work of the Supreme Judicial Court Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, which was formed in 2018 to explore and analyze the state of lawyer Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Delivers State of the Judiciary Speech 2019.

Ralph D. Gants became the 37th Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court in July 2014 when he was sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick. Chief Justice Gants is co-chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief


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