List of Justices of the Idaho Supreme Court

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Following is a list of Justices of the Idaho Supreme Court. Idaho was made a territory on March 4, 1863 and the first justices of the Territorial Supreme Court were appointed by President Abraham Lincoln. Following statehood in 1890, the state constitution provided for three justices. By an amendment in 1919, the number was increased and fixed at five, composed of a chief justice and four associate justices, and remains the present size of the court.

The first female justice on the court was Linda Copple Trout in 1992, who later served as chief justice. Cathy Silak was appointed the following year and served until 2000. Since Trout stepped down in 2007, the court has been all-male.

Idaho Territorial Court[edit]

Chief Justices of the Idaho Territorial Court[1]

State supreme court[edit]

Justice Seat Began Ended Notes
Sullivan, Isaac N.Isaac N. Sullivan 1 1890 1916 CJ 1891-92;
1899-1900;
1905-06
1909-10
Huston, Joseph W.Joseph W. Huston 2 1890 1900 CJ 1893-94
Morgan, John T.John T. Morgan 3 1890 1896 CJ 1895-96
Quarles, Ralph P.Ralph P. Quarles 3 1897 1902 CJ 1897-98
Stockslager, CharlesCharles Stockslager 2 1901 1906 CJ 1901-02
Ailshie, James F.James F. Ailshie 3
3
1
1903
1939
1945
1914
1941
1947
CJ1903-04;
1907-08
Stewart, George H.George H. Stewart 2 1907 1914 CJ 1911-12
Truitt, WarrenWarren Truitt 3 1914 1915 .
Budge, AlfredAlfred Budge 2 1914 1948 .
Morgan, William McKendreeWilliam McKendree Morgan 3 1915
1933
1920
1942
Rice, John CampbellJohn Campbell Rice 1 1916 1922 CJ
McCarthy, Charles P.Charles P. McCarthy 4 1920 1925
Dunn, Robert N.Robert N. Dunn 3 1920 1925
Lee, William A.William A. Lee 5 1921 1926
Lee, William E.William E. Lee 1 1922 1930
Givens, Raymond L.Raymond L. Givens 4 1925 1955 CJ
Taylor, Herman H.Herman H. Taylor 3 1925 1929
Lee, T. BaileyT. Bailey Lee 5 1926 1933
Varian, Sr., Bertram S.Bertram S. Varian, Sr. 3 1929 1933
McNaughton, William F.William F. McNaughton 1 1930 1931
Leeper, Robert D.Robert D. Leeper 1 1932 1932
Holden, Edwin M.Edwin M. Holden 5 1933 1950 CJ
Wernette, N. D.N. D. Wernette 1 1933 1934
Dunlap, S. BenS. Ben Dunlap 3 1942 1945
Miller, Bert H.Bert H. Miller 3 1945 1948
Hyatt, Paul W.Paul W. Hyatt 1 1947 1949
Porter, James W.James W. Porter 2 1948 1959
Keeton, William D.William D. Keeton 1 1949 1959
Taylor, C. J.C. J. Taylor 3 1949 1968
Thomas, Darwin W.Darwin W. Thomas 5 1950 1954
Smith, E. B.E. B. Smith 5 1954 1968 CJ
Anderson, Donald B.Donald B. Anderson 4 1955 1956
McQuade, Henry F.Henry F. McQuade 4 1956 1976 CJ
Knudson, E. T.E. T. Knudson 1 1959 1965 CJ
McFadden, Joseph J.Joseph J. McFadden 2 1959 1982 CJ
Spear, Clay V.Clay V. Spear 1 1965 1971
Donaldson, Charles R.Charles R. Donaldson 3 1968 1987 CJ 1983-87
Shepherd, Allan G.Allan G. Shepherd 5 1968 1989 CJ 1987-89
Bakes, Robert E.Robert E. Bakes 1 1971 1993 CJ 1989-93
Bistline, StephenStephen Bistline 4 1976 1994
Huntley, Jr., Robert C.Robert C. Huntley, Jr. 2 1982 1989
Johnson, Byron J.Byron J. Johnson 3 1988 1999
Boyle, Larry MonroeLarry Monroe Boyle 2 1989 1992
McDevitt, Charles F.Charles F. McDevitt 5 1989 1997 CJ 1993-97
Trout, Linda CoppleLinda Copple Trout 2 1992 2007 CJ 1997-2004
Silak, CathyCathy Silak 1 1993 2000
Schroeder, Gerald F.Gerald F. Schroeder 4 1995 2007 CJ 2004-07
Walters, Jesse R.Jesse R. Walters 5 1997 2003
Kidwell, Wayne L.Wayne L. Kidwell 3 1999 2004
Eismann, Daniel T.Daniel T. Eismann 1 2001 Incumbent CJ 2007-11
Burdick, Roger R.Roger R. Burdick 5 2003 Incumbent CJ 2011-
Jones, JimJim Jones 3 2004 Incumbent
Jones, WarrenWarren Jones 4 2007 Incumbent
Horton, JoelJoel Horton 2 2007 Incumbent
  • Beginning in 1983, the Chief Justice was determined by an election among the five justices of the court.
    Previously the position went to the justice with the least amount of time remaining in his term.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hawley, James Henry (1910). History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains 4. Boise, Idaho: Syms-York Company. p. 289. 
  2. ^ "Donaldson is first elective chief justice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. January 4, 1983. p. 4D. 

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