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Brent E. Dickson, chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, said today he would step down from his leadership position later this year, but would remain on the court as an associate justice through Jujy 2016.

Brent Dickson to step down as chief justice

To remain on court through July 2016

Brent E. Dickson, chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, said today he would step down from his leadership role later this year.

One of his four colleagues will be named chief justice, and Dickson will remain as an associate justice until his retirement in July 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court said in a statement.

"It has been a great joy and a privilege to have helped continue the Court's tradition of excellence -- especially with four hard-working colleagues who are devoted to the law," Dickson said in the statement.

He said he was "looking forward to being able to spend most of my time in legal research, deciding cases and writing opinions."

Dickson became chief justice in 2012 following the retirement of Randall T. Shepard. He had served on the court for 26 years as an associate justice.

Indiana's Judicial Nominating Commission is to select Dickson's replacement for a five-year term. It plans to invite the other members of the current court to meet with it publicly Aug. 6 about the role of chief justice, the statement said. Afterward, it will deliberate in an executive session and reconvene in public to determine its selection for the next chief justice.

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