Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters talks to people during a swearing in ceremony at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in April 2019.

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters has announced that 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 the decisions they make every day. Walters was the court’s first female chief justice.

“I am grateful: grateful for the opportunities I have had to study and decide the law, and grateful for the opportunities I have had to advocate for our courts and the cause of justice they serve,” Walters said.

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Walter’s retirement comes two months after she fired all nine members of the Public Defense Services Commission, overhauling it after frustrations with its director who was later fired and who disagreed on ways to make up for a lack of public defenders. According to the Associated Press, hundreds of defendants charged with crimes in the state and who cannot afford an attorney have been unable to obtain public defenders to represent them.





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