Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Walters is retiring after 16 years

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters has announced she will retire at the end of the year.

Walters, 71, said in a statement Tuesday that Oregonians can be proud of those in the courts and in the decisions they make every day. Walters was the first female Chief Justice.

“I’m grateful: I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to learn and practice law, and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to serve in the defense of our courts and the justice they serve,” Walters said.

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Walter’s retirement comes in two months he dismissed all 9 members of the public defense commission, reformed it after frustration with its director, who was later fired, and disagreements over ways to compensate for the lack of public defenders. According to the Associated Press, hundreds of people accused of crimes in the state and unable to afford a lawyer can get state attorneys to represent them.

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