South Carolina’s top court is getting its first new leader in more than a decade.
Costa Pleicones was sworn in Thursday as the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court. He has been an associate justice on the high court since 2000.
Pleicones replaces Jean Toal, who turned 72 last year and took mandatory retirement because of her age. Pleicones turns 72 next month and therefore can stay chief justice for just a year.
He has said he would like to make the bar exam two days instead of three and continue Toal’s push to have legal papers filed electronically.