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Bolger picked to be new Alaska Supreme Court chief justice

June 19, 2018 GMT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court will have a new chief justice, starting July 1.

The state court system says Justice Joel Bolger was unanimously selected by members of the high court to serve as chief justice for a three-year term. The current chief justice is Craig Stowers.

The chief justice is the administrative leader of the state’s judicial branch, presiding over Supreme Court arguments and appointing presiding judges for state judicial districts.

The court system, in a release, says a justice may serve more than one three-year term as chief justice but cannot serve consecutive terms in that position.

Bolger was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in 2013.