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Hardesty will become chief justice of Nevada

Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau

James Hardesty will assume the title of Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court with the new year.

Hardesty takes over from Justice Mark Gibbons in the post, which rotates among the justices each year. Justices become eligible to sit as chief during the final two years of their six-year terms.

Hardesty previously served as chief in 2009.

The chief justice presides when the full court hears cases and chairs the Commission on Judicial Selection and Judicial Council of the State of Nevada. He also presents the court's proposed budget before the Nevada Legislature and gives lawmakers the biennial report on the State of the Judiciary.