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Roslyn Silver steps down from top federal judicial post in AZ

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona's U.S. District Court has a new top judge.

The U.S. District Court said Roslyn O. Silver stepped down as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Sept. 3.

District Court Executive Brian Karth said Silver has been chief judge since January 2011, when her predecessor, Chief Judge John M. Roll was killed, along with five others attending the "Congress on your Corner" event sponsored by Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson.

Silver was appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by former president Bill Clinton.

Silver was the first female to hold the top federal judicial post in the District of Arizona.

Judge Raner C. Collins takes over Silver's spot and becomes the first African American chief judge in the district.

Karth said Collins will be faced with several challenges. The district has not received a new judgeship since 2002 and currently has six judicial vacancies out of 13. The Federal Judgeship Act of 2013 recommends 10 additional judgeships for the district.

Collins will also be faced with severe budgetary challenges, according to Karth, because of the Congressional budget sequestration.

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