Massachusetts’ highest court now has one fewer voice from the western and central parts of the state.
Gants has served on the Supreme Judicial Court since 2009. In accepting the governor’s nomination for chief justice in April, Gants said the court should be a problem solver.
In a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick, Ireland wrote that he was quickly approaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. And to make the transition smoother, he said he wanted to retire before the court’s new session begins in September.