CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy
Saitta (SAY'-tah) is the new chief of the state's highest court.
The 60-year-old Saitta succeeded Chief Justice Michael Douglas on Monday and will serve until May 6.
Saitta was elected to the Supreme Court in 2006 after serving as a judge at the Las Vegas Municipal Court and Clark County District
She chairs the Nevada Court Improvement Program and the Judicial
Public Information Committee, and co-chairs the Commission on
Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform.
Douglas is the first African-American justice on the state Supreme Court. He held the administrative chief justice since
earlier this year.
During his term, the court explored possibility of allowing witnesses to testify in trials through live video, developed new court interpreter regulation and established an online court document filing system.