Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford Steps down after 10 years due to mandatory retirement

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Press Release Massachusetts Court System 

After 28 years on the bench, the last ten as an Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Honorable Margot Botsford serves her last day with the Court today, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Reflecting on Justice Botsford’s decade on the Supreme Judicial Court bench, Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants said, “I am slowly moving through the five stages of grief at her departure from this Court, and I know that everyone at the Court shares that grief. I take solace in knowing that there will be yet another chapter in her life in the law and that she will continue to be a mentor, an educator, and a wise advocate.” On Tuesday, February 14, Chief Justice Gants made special remarks in the Seven Justice Courtroom prior to oral arguments recognizing Justice Botsford on her last Sitting Week at the court. On Wednesday, March 8, the Governor’s Council unanimously confirmed Appeals Court Justice Elspeth “Ellie” Cypher to the Supreme Judicial Court. She will fill the seat vacated by Justice Botsford.


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