Appeal court judge Robert Richards has been appointed Saskatchewan's new chief justice.

Richards, a judge with the province's highest court since 2004, takes over the post on June 30, the same day current Chief Justice John Klebuc retires.

Richards' appointment was announced by the Prime Minister Stephen Harper today.

He received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1979.

Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal, he was a partner with MacPherson Leslie and Tyerman in Regina.