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Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely will be stepping down as of January 31st.

That’s a year and half before his term actually ends.

It has long been rumored that the Justice would leave the bench and it gives Governor Jack Markell the opportunity to name a fourth Delaware Supreme Court Justice in less than a year.

This has been a historic turnover for the state’s highest court.

In December of last year Chief Justice Myron Steele left the bench.

That was followed by Jack Jacobs and Carolyn Berger earlier this year.

The Delaware state Senate has confirmed James T. Vaughn Jr. to the state Supreme Court.

Vaughn has been president judge of the Superior Court.

He was named by Governor Jack Markell to fill the vacancy left by Justice Carolyn Berger who retired on September 1st after being passed over for the Chief Justice position.

In a written statement Markell called Vaughn an accomplished and well-respected jurist, second to none.

Delaware Senate Session to Confirm Justice

Oct 8, 2014
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the Delaware Senate are holding a special session to confirm Gov. Jack Markell's latest appointment to the state Supreme Court.

The Senate was scheduled to convene Wednesday afternoon following a meeting of the Senate Executive Committee.

Markell has nominated James T. Vaughn Jr., the head judge of Delaware's Superior Court system, to become the next Supreme Court justice. Vaughn was picked to replace Justice Carolyn Berger, who retired Sept. 1 after being passed over by Markell for the chief justice position.

Markell Names State Supreme Court Justice

Sep 24, 2014

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated the head judge of Delaware's Superior Court system to become the next state Supreme Court justice.

Markell on Tuesday the nomination of Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. to replace Justice Carolyn Berger, who retired Sept. 1.

Vaughn has been a Superior Court for 15 years and has served as President Judge since 2004.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A retiring Delaware Supreme Court justice says she's stepping down largely because Gov. Jack Markell didn't consider her a legitimate contender for the chief justice job.

Justice Carolyn Berger is retiring in September with four years left in her term.

She tells The News Journal of Wilmington that she "wasn't taking seriously," adding: "I'm not angry. I'm disappointed."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger, the only woman to serve on Delaware's highest court, says she is retiring.

Berger, who also is the only woman to serve as a judge in Delaware's Court of Chancery, sent a two-sentence letter to Gov. Jack Markell on Friday saying she was retiring after more than 30 years on the bench.

Berger's retirement marks the third resignation from the five-member Supreme Court in less than year.

There are four Democrats now being considered for chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.

With Delaware home to more than half of the publicly traded companies in the United States it seen as the most influential judicial jobs in corporate America.

While the selection process is confidential, the Wilmington News Journal reports, sources close to the process provided the names of those who submitted applications to the Judicial Nominating Commission.