By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Charles W. Daniels is the newest chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Daniels was sworn for a two-year-term Monday. The chief justice serves as both a judge and an administrator, presiding at hearings and conferences but also overseeing personnel, budgets and general operations at all state courts. The lead justice also advocates for the judiciary before the legislature.

Justice Barbara J. Vigil had held the title since 2014.

Daniels joined the court in 2007 and also served as chief justice from 2010 to 2012. Before joining the court, he worked for 38 years as a lawyer and taught at The University of New Mexico Law School.

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