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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 8:00am

New Supreme Court Chief Takes Over

A new chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court is set to be sworn in.

Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice Hugh Thompson is set to take his new role during a ceremony Thursday. Thompson, of Milledgeville, will be sworn in by former Gov. Zell Miller. Before being appointed to the state Supreme Court in 1994, Thompson served as superior court judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, which spans eight counties. He was appointed to that position in 1979.

Justice P. Harris Hines is set to be sworn in as the state Supreme Court's new presiding justice. The presiding justice serves in leadership roles when the chief justice is absent.

Former Gov. Zell Miller, who appointed both Thompson and Hines, is set to administer the oath of office to both men.