Leo Strine was sworn in as the eighth Chief Justice of Delaware’s Supreme Court in a ceremony at the New Castle County Courthouse on Friday morning.
Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware) says the position of Chief Justice carries an extraordinary responsibility of ensuring freedom and fairness for all Delawareans.
“So it must be somebody who recognizes the very best qualities required in that role; sound judgement, exceptional intellect, incredible work ethic, and a passion for public service,” said Markell. “We see all of those qualities in Leo Strine.”
Markell nominated Strine in early January. The State Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination later that same month.
Strine believes that Delaware’s judiciary system has earned high rankings recently because of collaborations within Delaware’s law community as well as the help it receives from state residents. He hopes to maintain that level of cooperation and excellence.
“Now we can’t pretend that we don’t have challenges,” said Strine. “Our reputation can not be drawn upon like a sinking fund, we must replenish it everyday. We must never lose respect for our traditions but we can also not become settled in our ways and fail to seek these chances to do things in more effective ways.”
Strine also asked the public to be patient with him in his new role as he will make “rookie mistakes.”
“By our very nature, human beings are flawed and we are not capable of perfection. But by being self-aware enough to embrace that reality, using the recognition to have empathy toward others, and striving to do my best, I hope to repay the confidence the Governor and Senate have shown in me,” said Strine.
Before taking over as Chief Justice, Strine served on Delaware’s Court of Chancery since 1998, rising to the role of Chancellor in 2011.
Strine replaces Myron Steele who stepped down from as Delaware’s Chief Justice last November.