Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge Patrick L. Woodward to be chief judge of the court beginning May 6.
In making the announcement Friday, Hogan said in a statement that Woodward was "the most qualified individual to fill the chief judge vacancy," and that he has "exhibited integrity and a strong commitment to justice."
The court is the state's second highest, under the Court of Appeals.
Woodward was appointed to the Court of Special Appeals in 2005 by Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. He was on the bench in Montgomery County's Circuit and District courts.
He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.