NASHVILLE - Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder announced today that she intends to retire at the end of her current term on Aug. 31, 2014.
"It has been my privilege to serve the people of Tennessee as a trial judge and Supreme Court justice - and an honor to have been selected by my fellow justices as the first female chief justice in our state's history," Holder, 63, said in a news release.
The former Shelby County Circuit judge in 1996 became the third woman to serve on the state's five-member high court, and in 2008 became the state's first female chief justice, a post she held until mid-2010.
Chief Justice Gary R. Wade said Holder "has practiced the art of judicial restraint, writing concise, authoritative opinions, and never reaching beyond the issues presented to the court."
He added he "will simply miss a respected colleague and a dear friend."