- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Supreme Court justices have re-elected David Gilbertson to be the chief justice of the state’s high court.

The court announced Monday that Gilbertson would serve a fifth term in the role. He first became chief justice in 2001.

Gilbertson says he’s looking forward to serving the residents of South Dakota for another four years. Gilbertson’s position makes him the administrative head of the state court system.

He also works with the governor and state lawmakers on policy. Gilbertson in recent years has worked to pass juvenile and adult criminal justice overhauls and on laws to protect senior citizens.

Gilbertson is set to deliver his annual State of the Judiciary address on Jan. 11 after lawmakers return to Pierre for the 2017 legislative session.

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