Washington Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis announced on Monday that she would be on family medical leave for the court’s spring term to focus on her health, but court officials did not disclose. additional details, citing the desire for judicial confidentiality.
The High Court’s spring oral argument begins on Tuesday and ends on June 28.
“I look forward to returning to the Court as soon as possible and would like to express my gratitude for the support of my staff and colleagues during this time,” Montoya-Lewis said in a written statement released by the Administrative Office of the Courts. law courts.
Wendy Ferrell, associate director of the Courts Administration Office, said in an email that Montoya-Lewis has met with her medical team “and appreciates the privacy during this time while they focus on her well-being.”
Montoya-Lewis, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta who serves as the court’s first Native American judge, was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in December 2019 and sworn in the following month to fill the late Chief Justice’s remaining year. Mary Fairhurst, who was battling cancer and quit to focus on her treatment. Fairhurst died in December at the age of 64.
Montoya-Lewis, 54, was elected to a six-year term in November 2020. She previously served as a Whatcom County Superior Court Judge, and before that served as Chief Justice of the Nooksack and Upper Indian Tribes. Skagit in Washington.
The Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court will randomly select current and eligible retired appellate court judges and superior court judges willing to hear argument and decide cases in place of Montoya-Lewis.
Besides Montoya-Lewis, the other justices of the State Supreme Court are Chief Justice Steven González, Charles Johnson, Barbara Madsen, Susan Owens, Debra Stephens, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary Yu, and G. Helen Whitener.