PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has elected David Gilbertson to an unprecedented fourth term as chief justice of the state’s highest court.
Gilbertson says a lot has been accomplished during his prior 12 years as chief justice, and he decided to seek another four-year term to oversee the implementation of many changes that have just begun.
The 63-year-old chief justice says the court system is working to carry out a new state law that treats more nonviolent offenders outside prison walls. He says the court system has been working for years to expand special courts for drug and alcohol offenders, allow cameras in courtrooms and get more lawyers into rural areas.
The other four justices elected Gilbertson as chief justice. He was first appointed to the high court in 1995.
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