- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will assume senior status next spring.

Officials in the office of Judge Kermit Bye confirmed Wednesday that he will take senior status on April 22, a move that will reduce his caseload. Suzanne Hanna, a member of his staff, says Bye wants to spend more time with his family.

The federal appeals court currently consists of 11 active judges and four senior judges. It is based in St. Louis. Bye is from Fargo, North Dakota, and maintains chambers there, traveling to St. Louis to hear cases.

Bye is 77. He will assume senior status on the 15th anniversary of his appointment to the 8th Circuit, which occurred April 22, 2000.

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