- Associated Press - Saturday, January 3, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty will assume an expanded role beginning Monday.

He will take over as chief justice, a position he also held in 2009.

Hardesty will work with Nevada lawmakers on the judiciary’s budget and legislation at the 2015 session and will give the State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers.

The chief justice is administrative head of the state’s legal system, speaking publicly for the court and representing the Nevada judiciary nationally.

Hardesty says he anticipates assigning the state’s three new appellate judges their first 163 cases soon. Nevada voters in November approved creation of the state Court of Appeals.

The Reno native was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2004 after serving as a Washoe County district judge.

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