Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will officially hang up his robe this week after 28 years on the nation’s highest court; his retirement will take effect Thursday at noon.
Breyer, 83, made the announcement in a letter to President Biden.
“The Court has announced that tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., it will hand down all remaining opinions ready during this Term. Accordingly, my retirement from active service under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 371(b) will be effective on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at noon,” Breyer wrote.
“It has been my great honor to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the rule of law,” the liberal justice wrote.
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That statute allows justices to retain their title but step down from active duty and continue to collect a salary if they reach a certain age and serve for a designated number of years. Breyer, who is 83, is well beyond the required 10 years of service for those who retire at age 70 or older, as he has served on the Supreme Court since 1994.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will replace Breyer, forming a 3-Justice liberal minority with fellow Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kaga.
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