Idaho Supreme Court
|Idaho Supreme Court|
|Established||1863 - Territorial|
1890 - State
|Location||451 W. State St.|
|Composition method||non-partisan state-wide staggered elections|
|Authorized by||Idaho State Constitution|
|Appeals to||U.S. Supreme Court|
|Judge term length||6 years|
4 years (Chief Justice)
|Number of positions||5|
|Currently||Roger S. Burdick|
|Since||January 3, 2017|
Justices are elected in non-partisan statewide elections and serve staggered six-year terms. Elections are held in the state primary, now in the spring, with run-off elections in November. The Chief Justice is selected by an election among the five justices and term length for that office is four years. Prior to 1983, the position went to the justice with the least amount of time remaining in his term.
|Position||Name||Appointed by||Took office / Length of service||Term expires||Education, prior positions|
|Chief Justice||Roger Burdick||
16 years, 10 months
|Colorado (1970); University of Idaho College of Law (1974); private practice at Webb, Pike, Burton & Carlson; deputy prosecutor for Ada County; private practice at Hart and Burdick, Jerome County prosecutor (1981); Magistrate in Jerome County (1981–93); District Judge in Twin Falls County, Idaho 5th Judicial District (1993–2003).|
|Associate Justice||Robyn Brody||
3 years, 4 months
|Denver (1992, 1997); Sturm College of Law (1997); private practice at Hepworth, Lezamis & Hohnhorst (1997–2010); sole practitioner (2010–17).|
|Associate Justice||Richard Bevan||
2 years, 8 months
|BYU (1984); J. Reuben Clark Law School (1987); Twin Falls County prosecutor (1993–97); private practice at Hillifield & Bevan (1997–2003); District Judge in Twin Falls County, Idaho 5th Judicial District (2003–17).|
|Associate Justice||John Stegner||
|Whitman College (1977); University of Idaho College of Law (1982); law clerk for Judge Harold Ryan, U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho (1982–84); private practice at Clements, Brown and McNichols, P.A. and counsel for the University of Idaho (1989–96); District Judge in Latah County, Idaho 2nd Judicial District (1996–2018).|
|Associate Justice||Gregory Moeller||
1 year, 4 months
|BYU (1987); J. Reuben Clark Law School (1990); private practice at Rigby, Andrus & Moeller, Chtd. (1990–2009); District Judge in Madison County, Idaho 7th Judicial District (2009–18).|
Women on the Supreme Court
The first female justice on the Idaho Supreme Court was Linda Copple Trout, appointed in 1992 by Governor Cecil Andrus and elected in 1996 and 2002. She remains as the state's only female chief justice (1997–2004). The second female justice was Cathy Silak, appointed by Andrus in 1993 and elected in 1994. She lost her reelection bid in 2000 to Daniel T. Eismann and became the first incumbent justice from the court to be defeated since 1944. After Trout's retirement in 2007, no women were on the court until the election of Robyn Brody in 2016 to a vacant seat; she is the only justice on the current court not first appointed.
List of chief justices
|Roger Burdick (2)||2017–present|
|Linda Copple Trout||1997–2004|
- Election by peers began in 1983.
- Russell, Betsy Z. (July 15, 2015). "Justice Jim Jones to be Idaho Supreme Court's next chief justice, as of Aug. 1". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Donaldson is first elective chief justice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. January 4, 1983. p. 4D.
- "Otter emerges from GOP crowd in Idaho primary". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. May 24, 2000. p. B5.
- "Statewide judicial vote by county". State of Idaho. Secretary of State, Election Division. May 23, 2000. Retrieved August 17, 2015.