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United States District Court for the District of Idaho

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United States District Court for the District of Idaho
(D. Idaho)
More locations
Appeals toNinth Circuit
EstablishedJuly 3, 1890
Chief JudgeDavid Nye
Officers of the court
U.S. AttorneyJoshua Hurwit
U.S. MarshalBrent R. Bunn

The United States District Court for the District of Idaho (in case citations, D. Idaho) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the state of Idaho (except for the part of the state within Yellowstone National Park, which is under the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming).[1][2] Court is held in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Pocatello. Cases from the District of Idaho are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. As of June 17, 2022, the U.S. attorney for the District of Idaho is Joshua Hurwit.



The District of Idaho was established shortly after Idaho's admission as a U.S. State. On July 3, 1890, by 26 Stat. 215, the United States Congress organized Idaho as one judicial district, authorizing one judgeship for the court and assigning it to the Ninth Circuit.[3] The second judgeship was authorized by Congress on February 10, 1954, by 68 Stat. 8.[3]

Current judges


As of May 17, 2023:

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
12 Chief Judge David Nye Pocatello 1958 2017–present 2019–present Trump
13 District Judge Amanda Brailsford Boise 1967 2023–present Biden
10 Senior Judge Edward Lodge inactive 1933 1989–2015 1992–1999 2015–present G.H.W. Bush
11 Senior Judge B. Lynn Winmill Boise 1952 1995–2021 1999–2019 2021–present Clinton

Former judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 James H. Beatty ID 1836–1927 1891–1907[Note 1] B. Harrison retirement
2 Frank Sigel Dietrich ID 1863–1930 1907–1927[Note 2] T. Roosevelt elevation to 9th Cir.
3 Charles Cheatham Cavanah ID 1871–1953 1927–1942 1942–1953 Coolidge death
4 Chase A. Clark ID 1883–1966 1943–1964 1954–1964 1964–1966 F. Roosevelt death
5 Fredrick Monroe Taylor ID 1901–1988 1954–1971 1964–1971 1971–1988 Eisenhower death
6 Raymond Clyne McNichols ID 1914–1985 1964–1981 1971–1981 1981–1985 L. Johnson death
7 J. Blaine Anderson ID 1922–1988 1971–1976 Nixon elevation to 9th Cir.
8 Marion Jones Callister ID 1921–1997 1976–1989 1981–1988 1989–1997 Ford death
9 Harold Lyman Ryan ID 1923–1995 1981–1992 1988–1992 1992–1995 Reagan death
  1. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 10, 1891, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 4, 1892, and received his commission the same day.
  2. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 3, 1907, confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 1907, and received his commission the same day.

Chief judges


Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge.

A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years, or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.

When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire, on what has since 1958 been known as senior status, or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.

Succession of seats


U.S. Attorneys


See also



  1. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 92.
  2. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 131.
  3. ^ a b District of Idaho legislative history from the Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ "The Political Graveyard: U.S. District Attorneys in Idaho". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved 2024-04-12.
  5. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Aikens to Albree". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved 2024-04-12.
  6. ^ "The United States Department of Justice - United States Attorney's Office". web.archive.org. 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2024-04-12.