1. At the first meeting in each odd-numbered year, the justices of the supreme court
by majority vote shall designate one justice as chief justice, to serve for a two-year
term. A vacancy in the office of chief justice shall be filled for the remainder of the
unexpired term by majority vote of the justices of the supreme court, after any vacancy
on the court has been filled.
2. If the chief justice desires to be relieved of the duties of chief justice while
retaining the status of justice of the supreme court, the chief justice shall notify
the governor and the other justices of the supreme court. The office of chief justice shall be deemed vacant, and shall be filled as provided
in this section.
3. The chief justice is eligible for reselection.
4. The chief justice shall appoint one of the other justices to act during the absence
or inability of the chief justice to act, and when so acting the appointee has all
the rights, duties, and powers of the chief justice.
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