Constitutional Court Judge Lee Jung-mi Retires

      March 13, 2017 09:42

      Acting chief justice Lee Jung-mi arrives at the Constitutional Court on Monday morning for her final day at work. /Yonhap

      Acting chief justice Lee Jung-mi, who oversaw President Park Geun-hye's impeachment trial, steps down on Monday as her six-year term at the Constitutional Court comes to an end.

      A court official said a "brief" ceremony Monday morning will mark her retirement, which comes shortly after she presided over the ouster of the president on Friday.

      In Friday's ruling, Lee expressed hope the decision "will serve as a foundation to end the division of national opinion and chaos and embark on a road of national unity and healing."

      The judge is expected to take a break amid tight police protection after death threats from die-hard Park supporters.

      The Supreme Court has nominated justice Lee Sun-ae (50) to replace Lee and will be led by seven judges until the two vacancies on the bench are filled.

      Former chief justice Park Han-chul retired on Jan. 31. 

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