1953 – 1957 A. Cecil Snyder
He occupied the post of federal prosecutor for Puerto Rico from 1933 to 1942, when he was named associate justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico by President Roosevelt. In 1953, he was named Chief Justice by Luis Muñoz Marín. His appointment was historic because it was the first time a Puerto Rican governor had selected the candidate for the position. He resigned in 1957.
1957 Jaime Sifre Dávila
A prosecutor and, later, a judge who was named associate justice of the Supreme Court by Luis Muñoz Marín in 1952. On August 25, 1957, he assumed the post of chief justice, which he resigned on September 16 of the same year.
1957 – 1972 Luis Negrón Fernández
He dedicated himself to public service and worked as a district attorney, prosecutor for the Supreme Court and attorney general. In 1948, he was named by President Harry S Truman as associate justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. In 1957, he assumed the post of chief justice of the Supreme Court, named by Governor Muñoz Marín. He retired in 1971. That same year, he was named chief justice by Governor Luis A. Ferré. He resigned in 1972.
1972 – 1974 Pedro Pérez Pimentel
He worked as a lawyer and a judge. In 1952, he was named associate justice of the Supreme Court by Governor Muñoz Marín. He was interim chief justice of the court from 1972 to 1973, when he was officially named chief justice by Governor Rafael Hernández Colón. He retired in 1974.
1974 – 1985 José Trías Monge
He was a law professor at the University of Puerto Rico from 1947 to 1949, the year he was named assistant attorney general. Governor Luis Muñoz Marín named him Justice Secretary, a position he held from 1953 to 1957. He was a member of the Council on Higher Education from 1967 to 1972. On April 19, 1974, Governor Hernández Colón named him Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, a position he occupied until his retirement on October 20, 1985.
1985 – 1992 Víctor M. Pons Núñez
He worked as a lawyer in private practice for most of his career. From 1973 to 1974, he served as Secretary of State. He was a member of various government boards and committees. Governor Rafael Hernández Colón named him chief justice in 1985 and he retired in 1992.
1992 – 2003 José Antonio Andreu García
He dedicated himself to public service as a judge and prosecutor. He was named associate justice of the Supreme Court in 1990 by Governor Hernández Colón. In 1992, he took office as chief justice. He retired in 2003.
2003 Francisco Rebollo López
He began working as a prosecutor in 1966 and later became a superior court judge. He then went into private practice until 1982, when Governor Carlos Romero Barceló named him associate justice of the Supreme Court. In 2003, he served as interim chief justice by seniority.
2003 – 2004 Miriam Naveira Merly
She began her career as a clerk for various Supreme Court justices. She was the first woman to occupy the posts of Assistant Secretary of Justice (1966), Attorney General (1973) and associate justice of the Supreme Court. In 2003, she was named chief justice by Governor Sila M. Calderón and became the first woman named to that position. She retired in 2004.
2004 – Francisco Hernández Denton
He served as legal advisor to the president of the University of Puerto Rico, Jaime Benítez (1969), and as a professor in that institution and, later, on the Law Faculty of the Inter-American University. In 1985, he was named associate justice of the Supreme Court by Governor Hernández Colón. He was sworn in as chief justice in 2004 after being named by Governor Sila M. Calderón.
By the PROE Editorial Group
Author: Grupo Editorial EPRL
Published: September 11, 2014.
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