Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly has decided to step down from the bench effective October 1st.
The surprise announcement was made Monday morning.
The 54 year old Kelly said in a statement she was grateful for the opportunity to have served on the state’s highest court.
Dave Murray, a spokesperson for the governor, says they’ve already begun looking for an appointee to fill the spot until next November.
The Republican-nominated justice added she has achieved all of the public service objectives she set out to achieve when she first became a judge.
Kelly is also a former chief judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court.
She is returning to private practice, although there has been speculation she may eventually run for an office like Attorney General.
Kelly, who joined the court in 2011, will resign having served just five years of her eight year term.