September 12, 2011

Saitta named new Chief Justice of NV Supreme Court

Justice Nancy Saitta was became the new Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court effective September 5, and will serve as Chief Justice until May 6, 2012.

Saitta has sat on the Supreme Court since 2006 and will succeed Justice Michael Douglas, who was the first African-American on Nevada's Supreme Court.

In a statement, Douglas complained about state budget cuts to the Supreme Court and it's effectiveness in hearing so many cases:

With the budget cuts we had already endured plus the additional cuts from the 2011 Legislature, including furloughs for the staff, it has become increasingly difficult for the Judiciary to fulfill its constitutional role. ... For the moment, we have managed to keep the courthouse doors open and the Supreme Court is working to decide as many cases as possible.