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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 For Further Information

October 12, 2000                                                                                         Contact: Howard J. Zibel



Because Chief Justice Brock is now able to take part in the case decision process of the court, the court today issued an order terminating the appointment of Superior Court Justice William Groff, who had taken Chief Justice Brock's place pursuant to the statute that allows for the appointment of temporary justices. Judge Groff will continue to work and vote on cases on which he sat at oral argument during the May, June, July, September, and October oral argument sessions. Judge Groff also participated in the screening of several hundred cases during the past several months. The court expresses its appreciation to him for his efforts during these difficult times and to the other judges who have been of service as temporary justices, including retired Superior Court Justices Dunn, Gray, and Manias, and active Superior Court Justices Hollman, McHugh, Mangones, Mohl, O'Neill, Coffey, Smukler, and Fitzgerald. The court also thanks Superior Court Chief Justice Walter Murphy for his cooperation in the making of the appointments of temporary justices and in enduring the disruption in the superior court's schedule that these appointments have caused.

Chief Justice Brock has today returned to work at the court. He also looks forward to returning to the bench for the November oral argument session on November 14, 15, and 16.