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Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice retiring

The Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court is retiring.

Gov. Jack Markell’s office confirms that 68-year-old Myron T. Steele is stepping down Nov. 30th, three years ahead of his scheduled departure from the bench.

Steele was nominated Chief Justice by then Governor Ruth Ann Minner and confirmed in May 2004. He’s served on the Delaware Supreme Court since 2000.

“A judiciary is only as good as the men and women who serve in it, and quite simply, Chief Justice Steele is as good as they get. In addition to serving as Chief Justice, he has been a Superior Court judge, a Vice Chancellor on our Court of Chancery, and a member of the Supreme Court,” said Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware). “He has been a tireless and forceful advocate for our state’s judiciary and indeed, for the entire State of Delaware. It is no secret that Delaware’s judiciary is the finest in the nation. I want to thank Chief Justice Steele for his tireless efforts in building and maintaining a court system that is truly a national model.”

Before the end of November, Markell will request a Judicial Nominating Commission begin the process of soliciting, reviewing, and recommending candidates to replace the Chief Justice.