Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 | 10:59 a.m.
CARSON CITY — Nevada Supreme Court Justice Kristina Pickering will take over as chief justice Jan. 5, succeeding Michael Cherry.
The position of chief justice is rotated among the seven members of the court.
Pickering, elected to the court in 2008, will be chief justice for a year. Only justices in the last two years of their six-year terms are eligible to be chief justice.
Pickering’s term will expire in January 2014, unless she runs for the court again and wins re-election.
Pickering will also represent the Nevada court system before the 2013 Nevada Legislature.
The Supreme Court wants to create an intermediate court of appeals, which would require an amendment to the state Constitution.
The 2011 Legislature approved a resolution to establish a three-judge intermediate court of appeals. It must pass the resolution again this session for the measure to be placed before the voters in 2014.
A similar measure was defeated in 2010.