Idaho Supreme Court
|Idaho Supreme Court|
|Established||1863 - Territorial|
1890 - State
|Location||451 W. State St.|
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
|Composition method||non-partisan state-wide staggered elections|
|Authorized by||Idaho State Constitution|
|Judge term length||6 years|
4 years (Chief Justice)
|Number of positions||5|
|Currently||G. Richard Bevan|
|Since||January 1, 2021|
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.
The court originally had three justices; it was expanded to five in 1921.
|Position||Name||Born||Appointed by||Took office / Length of service||Chief Justice||Term expires||Law school||Prior positions|
|Chief Justice||G. Richard Bevan||
May 5, 1959|
Twin Falls, Idaho
3 years, 8 months
|BYU Law||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||Roger S. Burdick||
June 23, 1947|
17 years, 10 months
|University of Idaho||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||
February 13, 1970|
4 years, 5 months
|Denver Law||Private practice at Hepworth, Lezamis & Hohnhorst (1997–2010); sole practitioner (2010–17).|
|Associate Justice||John Stegner||
November 8, 1953|
|University of Idaho||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 W. Moeller||
May 1, 1963|
Los Angeles, California
2 years, 4 months
|BYU Law||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 Dan 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, the first by a female; she is the only justice on the current court not first appointed.
List of chief justices
|G. Richard Bevin||2021–present|
|Roger Burdick (2)||2017–2020|
|Linda Copple Trout||1997–2004|
- Election by peers began in 1983.
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|5||Roger Burdick||Retirement||June 30, 2021||Colleen Zahn||June 1, 2021|
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- "Statewide judicial vote by county". State of Idaho. Secretary of State, Election Division. May 23, 2000. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Justice Roger Burdick, longtime Magic Valley lawyer and judge, to retire from Idaho Supreme Court". Cherokee Tribune Ledger News. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
- "Gov. Little appoints Colleen Zahn to Idaho Supreme Court". www.gov.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2021-06-03.