Court officials announced on Friday that Hunstein has been unanimously elected by her fellow justices on the court to succeed Leah Ward Sears as chief justice on July 1.
Hunstein is a former DeKalb County Superior Court Judge. Gov. Zell Miller tapped her in 1992 to become the second woman to serve on Georgia’s Supreme Court.
She’s currently the court’s presiding justice. Justice George H. Carley will take over that spot as the court’s No. 2.
Sears is stepping down June 30 when her tenure as chief justice ends. Gov. Sonny Perdue will select her successor.