Oregon Supreme Court to get new chief justice

A seven-judge panel will vote to decide on the current chief justice's successor.

Posted: May 7, 2018 1:38 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon will soon have a new chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

Oregon law limits the term of a chief justice to six years, and Thomas Balmer was named chief in May 2012.

The seven-judge panel will vote among themselves to decide Balmer's successor, who will take over July 1.

Balmer has been a member of the Supreme Court since 2001. Though he'll no longer be chief justice, Balmer said in an email that he plans to stay on the high court.

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