New chief judge of Indiana Court of Appeals selected

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The Indiana Court of Appeals has selected Judge Nancy Vaidik to succeed Judge Margret Robb as the court's next chief judge. Vaidik's three-year term will start January 1.

The 15-member Court of Appeals elects a chief judge every three years. The chief judge serves as the court's liaison to the legislative and executive branches and represents the court at public and private events and ceremonies.

Vaidik was appointed to the Court of Appeals in February 2000 and won retention elections in 2002 and 2012.

The Portage native currently lives in Valparaiso.

The Court of Appeals is the state's second highest court and hears appeals from state trial courts and administrative agencies. Its five three-judge panels issues more than 2,000 opinions each year.

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