Idaho Supreme Court

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Idaho Supreme Court
Seal of the Judicial Branch of Idaho.png
Established 1863 - Territorial
1890 - State
Country Idaho, United States
Location 451 W. State St.
Boise, Idaho
Composition method non-partisan state-wide staggered elections
Authorized by Idaho State Constitution
Decisions are appealed to U.S. Supreme Court
Judge term length 6 years
4 years (Chief Justice)
Number of positions 5
Website Official website
Chief Justice
Currently Jim Jones
Since August 1, 2015

The Idaho Supreme Court is the state supreme court of Idaho and is composed of the chief justice and four associate justices.

The decisions of the Idaho Supreme Court are binding on all other Idaho state courts. The only court that may reverse or modify its decisions is the Supreme Court of the United States.


Justices are elected in non-partisan statewide elections and serve staggered six-year terms. The Chief Justice is selected by an election among the five justices and term length for that office is four years.[1] Prior to 1983, the position went to the justice with the least amount of time remaining in his term.[2]

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 through 2000, suffering the only election defeat for an incumbent on the court since 1944.[3][4] Since the retirement of Trout 9 years ago in 2007, the court has been all-male.

Current justices[edit]

As of August 2015, the justices of the Idaho Supreme Court are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Donaldson is first elective chief justice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. January 4, 1983. p. 4D. 
  3. ^ "Otter emerges from GOP crowd in Idaho primary". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. May 24, 2000. p. B5. 
  4. ^ "Statewide judicial vote by county". State of Idaho. Secretary of State, Election Division. May 23, 2000. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 43°36′58″N 116°11′49″W / 43.616°N 116.197°W / 43.616; -116.197