Acting Chief Justice Brent Dickson is the new chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.
Governor Mitch Daniels gave Dickson the oath of office during a crowded ceremony in the Indiana Statehouse on Monday.
“[The court] had alot of turnover in the past year,” Daniels says, adding Dickson helped maintain the court during the transition. “He was the person with the stature and the universal respect and affection to bring it into its new era, and thank goodness he said yes.”
Dickson says he will steer the court with integrity and commitment to the law and serving the state.
“We are determined to wage civility at every opportunity, in the collegiality of our own deliberations and in the mutual respect that we express in our majority and dissenting opinions and in our outreach to enhance civility in lawyers and trial judges,” he says.
The 71-year-old, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986, is expected to serve the remainder on his time on the court as chief justice. Dickson received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and later a law degree from Indiana University.