A longtime Delaware Supreme Court judge will be leaving his post come July.
Justice Jack Jacobs told Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) in a letter Monday that he intends to step down from the bench later this year, according to Delaware Public Media contributor Jeff Mordock of Delaware Law Weekly. Jacobs has served on the court for 11 years.
The justice’s term was set to expire next year. He said in his letter that “no one can or should occupy these positions of trust for too long.”
“For the last three decades, Justice Jacobs has served the State of Delaware with distinction and honor as a member of the Supreme Court and the Court of Chancery,” said Gov. Markell in a statement. “He is an outstanding jurist with a well-deserved reputation for excellence. His will be big shoes to fill.”
Previous to his time on the bench of state’s highest court, Jacobs served as the Delaware Court of Chancery vice chancellor for 18 years.