BREAKING: Chief Justice Sean Wheeler, who has served since the implementation of the Republic of Panem, announced today that he would retire upon the confirmation of a replacement.
Wheeler, who for the last eighteen years has served as the face of Panem’s judicial system and has sworn in five Panem presidents and six Panem vice presidents, issued the following statement this morning:
“It is with great honor and a humble heart that I announce my impending retirement from the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Panem. For the past eighteen years, I have been witness to the rise of this great nation. I have sworn in five presidents and six vice presidents. I have presided over cases that have determined the future of our nation. Now, it is time for someone else to take that charge.”
For the first time in Panem’s history, a Supreme Court justice will be exiting the bench. This begins a nomination and confirmation process akin to that of a Cabinet secretary, but it is expected with the precedents that this transition can create that the process may be less expedited.
President Peeta Mellark issued the following statement:
“Chief Justice Wheeler has been a staple of Panem’s judiciary from the beginning of our republic. There are no words to express the gratitude and admiration of his service to his country and to the citizens of Panem. We can say this, however: thank you.”