BOSTON (AP) - The state's highest court has its newest justice.
The Governor's Council on Wednesday voted 8-0 to approve appeals court judge Geraldine Hines for a spot on the seven-member Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Gov. Deval Patrick had nominated Hines.
The 66-year-old Hines will fill the spot left vacant when Associate Justice Ralph Grants becomes chief justice.
The current chief justice, Roderick Ireland, is retiring.
Hines previously served on the Superior Court and will be the first black woman to sit on the SJC. The Mississippi native also worked as a private attorney and law professor.
Patrick said when he nominated Hines last month that the legal community had been effusive in its support of her proposed elevation to the top court.
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