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Court Term ends, with thanks

The Supreme Court concluded its 2005-2006 Term on Thursday morning, recessing for the summer at 10:42 a.m. It will be back on the bench, barring unforeseen emergency developments, on Monday, October 2.

Here is the text of the remarks by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in recessing the Court after the final two decisions had been announced:

“I am authorized to announce that the Court has acted on all cases submitted for decision this Term. Disposition of items scheduled for Conference will be reflected on the Order List that will be released at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. The Court will be in recesss from today until the first Monday in October, 2006, at which time the October 2005 Term of the Court will be adjourned and the October 2006 Term of the Court will begin as provided by law.

“On behalf of the Court, I would like to thank the Court staff for their hard work, professionalism, and dedication to duty over the past term. No one exemplifies those attributes better than Sally Rider, the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice. After six years of service in that position, Ms. Rider will be leaving us, before we reconvene in the fall, to become director of the William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government at the University of Arizona. That is the only reason we are letting her go. Thank you, Sally, for your outstanding service. The superb work done by all members of the Court staff contributes significantly to the accomplishment of the Court’s mission.”