- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that Randy Miller won’t have to wait until next year to take his seat as the newest judge on the Deschutes County Circuit Court.

Miller won the May election to succeed Judge Barbara Haslinger, who retired on June 30.

Haslinger was most recently elected in 2010, and left her four-year term early. Without action by the governor, Miller would not have been seated until Jan. 1.

Judge Alta Brady, presiding judge for the court, told The Bulletin newspaper (https://is.gd/QbDRHA) that seating Miller early will allow him to participate in the transition to “eCourt,” a state initiative to phase out the use of paper documents.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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