Arizona chief justice cites court's collegiality

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court's new chief justice says collegiality is the reason why most of the court's opinions are unanimous.

Chief Justice Scott Bales told the Arizona Capitol Times that the state high court's members has a tradition of trying to reach consensus and of being collaborative.

According to Bales, the justices respect each other's views and work hard to find ways to resolve cases with outcomes agreeable to all the justices.

Bales is the only Democrat on the five-justice bench. He replaces Rebecca White Berch as chief justice on Friday. She remains on the court as a justice.

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