MIAMI (AP) — Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Rosemary Barkett is leaving a federal appeals bench to join an international claims tribunal based in The Hague, Netherlands.

An official with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Barkett will retire from the Atlanta-based court on Sept. 30. She will then join the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, which deals with a variety of issues and disputes between the two countries.

Barkett, who was born in Mexico, became the first woman Florida Supreme Court justice in 1985. She was also the first female chief justice, from 1992 to 1994. She was appointed to the 11th Circuit by President Bill Clinton and took the bench in April 1994.

There are now three vacancies on the 12-judge 11th Circuit.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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