New Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice elected


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ The Idaho Supreme Court has a new chief
Roger Burdick was unanimously elected to the post by his fellow
justices. His four-year term will begin next month when he is
formally sworn in.
Burdick, who was appointed to the high court in 2003 by
then-Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, succeeds former Chief Justice Daniel
Eismann, who will continue to serve on the court.
Burdick says he's honored to take on the role, and says he plans
to visit all 44 Idaho counties to hear directly about court issues
from the public. He also says he'll continue Eismann's initiatives
to expand drug, mental health and other problem-solving courts.

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