The Associated Press
State Supreme Court Justice James Johnson announced Monday he will retire from the bench, effective April 30.
Johnson said in a statement that recent health concerns played a role in his retirement decision. Earlier this month a state Supreme Court spokeswoman said “unexpected health concerns” would likely keep Johnson off the bench for the remainder of the court’s winter term. He had been absent from oral arguments in previous weeks.
Johnson was first elected to the court in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. His term was set to expire in January 2017.
“This has been a difficult decision, as it has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of the State of Washington for the past 10 years on over 1,000 cases,” Johnson said in a statement. “While I have been grateful for this opportunity, recent health concerns have led me to decide that this was the right time to retire from the bench and spend time with my family and traveling.”