Michigan Supreme Courtroom Justice Richard Bernstein introduced he’s returning this week to in-person duties after a four-week absence from the courtroom to obtain psychological well being care. Within the announcement, Bernstein mentioned he sought look after situational despair.
Bernstein, 48, missed a particular courtroom session in Cheboygan in late April and wasn’t current on the bench throughout oral arguments Could 10, however Chief Justice Elizabeth Clement mentioned he was following alongside over the courtroom’s livestream.
“I wish to categorical my deepest thanks and appreciation for the assist of my household, mates, and colleagues as I sought therapy for situational despair,” Bernstein mentioned in an announcement. “It’s my honest hope that by speaking about these points within the open, free from any pointless stigma, we are able to transfer nearer to a day when anybody struggling can avail themselves of the identical high quality care I used to be blessed to obtain.”
Bernstein is one in every of seven justices on the courtroom, the place Democratic-nominated justices maintain a 4-3 benefit. He’s the primary and solely blind justice to ever serve on the Michigan Supreme Courtroom.
“Serving on the Michigan Supreme Courtroom is the respect of my life, and I’m humbled every day by the chance to serve with colleagues dedicated to upholding the rule of regulation,” he mentioned. “I wish to thank them for the grace, endurance, and compassion they’ve every proven me these previous a number of weeks, and I look ahead to our continued service collectively.”
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