Idaho Supreme Court
|Idaho Supreme Court|
|Established||1863 - Territorial
1890 - State
|Country||Idaho, United States|
|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|
|Since||August 1, 2015|
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 state-wide 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. Prior to 1983, the position went to the justice with the least amount of time remaining in his term.
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. Since the retirement of Trout 8 years ago in 2007, the court has been all-male.
As of August 2015, the justices of the Idaho Supreme Court are:
- Chief Justice Jim Jones – (2005– ), Chief Justice (2015– )
- Justice Daniel T. Eismann – (2001– ), Chief Justice (2007–11)
- Justice Roger S. Burdick – (2003– ), Vice Chief Justice (2007–11), Chief Justice (2011–15)
- Justice Warren E. Jones – (2007– )
- Justice Joel D. Horton – (2007– )
- 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.