California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter to retire

Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter in 2013.
Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter in 2013.

Justice Marvin R. Baxter announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court in the November 2014 general election, according to a statement.

Fresno-born Baxter, who has 24 years of service on the Supreme Court and 32 consecutive years of public service, will conclude his current term of office and retire on Jan. 4, 2015.

“At the local and statewide levels I was gratified to have the opportunity to assist Governor Deukmejian in the appointment of more than 700 judges and numerous executive branch appointees, and to have supported the evolution of our judicial branch of government as a member of the Judicial Council of California and its committees,” said Justice Baxter in a statement. “Jane (my wife) and I look forward to an active retirement and will focus our time and attention on family and friends, traveling, hobbies, and charitable activities.”

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye commented on the announcement saying, “I was very fortunate when I became Chief Justice to have the quiet-spoken and reflective Justice Baxter on my left-hand side not only on the Supreme Court but also on the Judicial Council. I will miss his sage advice and counsel. His cautious approach has not only helped our judicial branch develop and manage the checks and balances of our democratic system, but his legal reasoning has significantly contributed to the ‘documents of state’ that our court’s opinions represent and therefore to the rule of law.”

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“Marv Baxter has been a good friend and trusted advisor for over 30 years,” said Former Governor Deukmejian. “His quiet yet thoughtful demeanor served as a steady influence during some troublesome times that I experienced in the Governor’s Office. His endless efforts resulted in well-established recommendations that I grew to rely upon, especially in the selection of individuals for judicial appointments.”