CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A state court judge in Reno is being elevated to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Thursday he’s appointing Washoe County District Court Judge Lidia Stiglich to fill the remaining two years of former Justice Nancy Saitta’s term.

Saitta resigned in August from the seven-member court.

Stiglich was appointed to the Second Judicial District bench in 2012, and the governor says she’s become highly regarded by colleagues and courtroom advocates.

Stiglich has the highest retention rating and performance score of judges in her district.

Sandoval notes that Stiglich co-founded a Youth Offender Drug Court to help juvenile offenders struggling with underlying problems of drug abuse.

She also teaches at the National Judicial College and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Stiglich will be sworn in on Jan. 2.


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