A sitting Suffolk County Supreme Court justice plans to retire later this year with five years still left on her term. Justice Marion McNulty (See Profile) will retire at the end of September, said Marian Tinari, a Suffolk County court spokeswoman. Tinari declined to say why McNulty, 62, is retiring. McNulty, who sits in the court's matrimonial part, did not return a call for comment.

Elected to the Supreme Court in 2004 after two terms as a Family Court Judge, McNulty's Supreme Court term runs through 2018. McNulty, one of 11 judges in Suffolk hearing matrimonial cases, joined the Suffolk County District Attorney's office after graduating from Fordham University School of Law in 1975. She was an assistant Suffolk County attorney from 1983 to 1987, when she was elected to the Suffolk Family Court and reelected in 1997. She was tapped as an acting Supreme Court justice in January 1996 and has been hearing matrimonial cases since then.

Tinari said McNulty's seat will be on the ballot during the 2014 election and that the governor would have to appoint an interim judge to fill the seat until then.