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Scott Bales, Arizona’s new chief justice (access required)

The Arizona Supreme Court’s new chief justice, Scott Bales, began his five-year term June 27 and introduced the court’s plan to reach its top goals under his leadership. Bales, a Democrat who was appointed by former Gov. Janet Napalitano, has been on the bench since 2005. He took over the rotating position from Justice Rebecca White Berch, who will return to her duties as a justice.

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