Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph Gants to serve as the chief justice of the state’s highest court.
Chief Justice Roderick Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court is the first black chief justice in the court’s history.
The retired Chief Justice of the state’s highest court is going back into the private sector.
Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to swear in Roderick Ireland at 10 a.m. Monday at the John Adams Courthouse in downtown Boston.
Governor Deval Patrick said Wednesday he has “a candidate in mind” to replace retiring Chief Justice Margaret Marshall on the Supreme Judicial Court and will make the announcement after the election.