OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is retiring from the seat she's held for nearly seven years.

Judge Clancy Smith stepped down from the five-member court on Thursday.

Smith is a native of Hugo and previously served as a district judge and special district judge in Tulsa County.

She was appointed to the court in 2010 by then-Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice James Edmondson after then Gov. Brad Henry recused from the process because of a potential conflict of interest involving one of the applicants.

Smith filled an unexpired term on the bench and was retained for a six-year term in 2012 with 66 percent of the vote.

The appeals court is the highest court in the state with exclusive appellate jurisdiction in criminal cases.