Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) A new chief justice is taking over at the Wyoming Supreme Court on July 1st. Justice James Burke has been on the Wyoming Supreme Court bench since 2005, and takes over as head of the bench, succeeding current Chief Justice Marilyn Kite. Justice Burke said he expected that he'd be the next chief justice based on seniority, but that it didn't take away from the honor or excitement.
Justice Burke said he'd like to continue to the work of Kite and previous justices, and that Wyoming's citizens should be proud of their judicial system. He said one area of improvement he'd like to see is getting more citizen involvement in the judicial system. " I think that then helps build confidence in our branch, the more people know the more confident I believe they'll feel," said Burke.
A father of three, Burke said his pursuit of law came from his mother. "After my father died, my mother went to work at a law firm and seeing her come back every night and be proud of her work, it inspired me. And she said I might be something for me to go into because apparently I like to argue."
Burke will be the 37th chief justice.