How to Address an Associate Justice of a State Supreme Court

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How to Address an Associate Justice
of a State Supreme Court

Envelope, official:
    Justice (surname)
        The Supreme Court of (state)

Letter salutation:
    Dear Justice (surname):

How to Address An Invitation to a
State Supreme Court Justice & a Judge?

       How would you address an invitation to a state supreme court justice and his significant other, a state superior court judge? Thanks for your help.
        -- Helen at the Cable Company

Dear Helen:
        State Supreme Court Justices are addressed on an envelope in a form modeled after the Justices of the US Supreme Court:
                Justice (Full Name)
Justice Nancy Henderson
        State judges are addressed on an envelope  in a form used by all judges:
                The Honorable (Full Name)
The Honorable Frank Nelson
        Since the Supreme court justice has higher precedence the joint form would be
                Justice Nancy Henderson
and the Honorable Frank Nelson
        Note: Traditionally the and between the names on invitations implies they are married. In today's world most protocol officers use and if the pair present themselves as a couple and keep the technicalities of whether or not they are married out of the form of address.  But if you want to follow the traditional form leave off the and on the second line, and capitalize the "T" since it will become the first word on the line. All that said ... back to your question...
If you are including an inside envelope, that would be
               Justice Henderson and Judge Nelson
        If they use the same last name ... it's most correct to write each name fully ... and not to combine them into something like "Justice and Judge Nelson".   That's not technically incorrect ... it's just a lot less formal.
        All these forms -- as well as place cards for them -- are in my book if this sort of thing comes up often.
         -- Robert Hickey

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