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New state Supreme Court chief justice sworn in

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Michael E. Vigil was sworn in as new chief justice of the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, replacing Judith Nakamura, who will retire later this year.

Michael Vigil

“I am honored and humbled by the confidence my colleagues have placed in me to lead the Judiciary during the midst of a deadly pandemic,” Vigil said in a news release. “There is much to be done, but my first priority is to continue the work we have started to keep our courts open for business, and at the same time, endeavor to protect the health and safety of everyone entering our courts …”

His term will end in April 2022.

Vigil joined the Supreme Court in December 2018 after serving on the state Court of Appeals since 2003, where he was chief judge from 2015 to 2017. He previously worked on civil, criminal and administrative cases in state and federal courts. Vigil graduated from Santa Fe High in 1969 and attended the College of Santa Fe and Georgetown University Law Center.

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