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Idaho Supreme Court

Idaho Supreme Court
Established 1863 - Territorial
1890 - State
Country Idaho, United States
Location 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
Chief Justice
Currently Roger S. Burdick
Since 2011

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.[citation needed]


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.[1]

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.

Current justices

As of January 2013, the justices of the Idaho Supreme Court are:

See also


  1. "Donaldson is first elective chief justice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. January 4, 1983. p. 4D. 

External links

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