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Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats will retire in January

By: - August 19, 2020 1:22 pm

A photo of the Colorado Supreme Court on July 2, 2020. (Quentin Young/Colorado Newsline)

Nathan B. Coats, the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, will retire in January, the court announced on Wednesday.

Coats has served as chief justice since 2018, and was appointed as a justice on the court by Gov. Bill Owens in 2000. He will reach the Colorado Constitution’s mandatory retirement age of 72 in January.

Justice Brian D. Boatright of the Colorado Supreme Court will become the court’s next chief justice.

Justice Brian D. Boatright will succeed Coats as chief justice, the court announced. A Colorado native, Boatright earned his law degree from the University of Denver. Owens appointed Boatright as a First Judicial District judge in 1999, and Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed him to the Supreme Court in 2011. He will be the 47th chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

“I am humbled to lead the Judicial Branch in these extraordinary times,” Boatright said in a press release from the Colorado Judicial Department. “As Chief Justice, I plan to focus my energy on supporting our trial courts and probation departments as they continue to adapt to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and safely conduct the important work of the Branch.”

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