Monday, May 7, 2012 | 3:48 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Justice Michael Cherry, who on Monday assumed the position as chief justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, said the court will face many cases involving the construction and foreclosure crisis.
“During the past few years, there has been an increase in cases involving foreclosure mediation and construction defects,” Cherry said in a statement. “Before I joined the court there were not many of these types of cases, but they have increased dramatically.”
The chief justice is administrative head of the state’s legal system, speaking publicly for the Court and representing the Nevada judiciary nationally.
The chief justice presides when the Supreme Court sits as the full court, but does not serve as a member of a three-justice panel to hear cases.
Cherry succeeds Nancy Saitta in the rotating system for the chief justice on the high court.
Cherry has been an attorney since 1970. He worked in the Clark County public defender’s office and in private practice. He was elected District Court judge in Clark County in 1998 and to the Supreme Court in 2006.
At the Supreme Court, Cherry heads the Indigent Defense Commission that is looking at how the judicial system deals with criminal defendants who cannot afford to hire their own lawyers.