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Robert Brutinel To Serve As Next Chief Justice Of Arizona Supreme Court

Arizona Supreme Court building
Lauren Loftus/KJZZ
file | staff | This photo was in the library. TMAX 9/9/19
Arizona Supreme Court building.

The justices of the Arizona Supreme Court have elected a new chief. Robert Brutinel will take over from current Chief Justice Scott Bales on July 1.

The panel has seven judges in all.

Brutinel is currently Vice-Chief Justice. After moving to Chief, he will handle case work and manage the administration of all Arizona courts. He is originally from Prescott and has been on the court since former Gov. Jan Brewer appointed him in 2010.

The justices also elected Ann A. Scott Timmer to serve as Vice-Chief Justice. They will both serve five-year terms in those roles.

Bret Jaspers was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2017 to 2020.