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S1407................................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
JUDICIAL DISTRICTS - Amends existing law to increase the number of district
judges and resident chambers in the First and Third Judicial Districts.
02/20 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/21 Rpt prt - to Jud
02/28 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/01 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/03 3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-1
AYES -- Andreason, Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burkett,
Burtenshaw, Cameron, Coiner, Compton, Corder, Darrington, Davis,
Fulcher, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough,
Langhorst, Little, Lodge, Marley, McGee, McKenzie, Pearce,
Richardson, Schroeder, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams
NAYS -- None
Absent and excused -- Malepeai
Floor Sponsors - Lodge & Jorgenson
Title apvd - to House
03/06 House intro - 1st rdg - to Jud
03/14 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/15 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/23 3rd rdg - PASSED - 63-0-7
AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bastian, Bayer, Bell,
Bilbao, Block, Boe, Bolz, Brackett, Bradford, Cannon, Chadderdon,
Clark, Collins, Crow, Denney, Ellsworth, Field(18), Field(23),
Garrett, Hart, Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Kemp, Lake,
LeFavour, Loertscher, Martinez, Mathews, McGeachin, McKague, Miller,
Mitchell, Moyle, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Pence, Raybould,
Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Rusche, Rydalch, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2),
Shepherd(8), Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie,
Stevenson, Trail, Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker
NAYS -- None
Absent and excused -- Bedke, Black, Deal, Edmunson, Eskridge, Sali,
Floor Sponsor - Smith(24)
Title apvd - to Senate
03/24 To enrol
03/27 Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/28 Sp signed
03/29 To Governor
03/30 Governor signed
Session Law Chapter 266
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2006
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1407
BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO JUDICIAL DISTRICTS; AMENDING SECTION 1-802, IDAHO CODE, TO
3 INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DISTRICT JUDGES AND RESIDENT CHAMBERS IN THE FIRST
4 DISTRICT; AND AMENDING SECTION 1-804, IDAHO CODE, TO INCREASE THE NUMBER
5 OF DISTRICT JUDGES AND RESIDENT CHAMBERS IN THE THIRD DISTRICT.
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Section 1-802, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
8 amended to read as follows:
9 1-802. FIRST DISTRICT -- NUMBER OF JUDGES -- RESIDENT CHAMBERS. (1) The
10 first judicial district shall consist of the counties of Boundary, Bonner,
11 Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah.
12 (2) The first judicial district shall have five six ( 56) district judges.
13 (3) Resident chambers of the district judges of the first judicial dis-
14 trict shall be established as follows:
15 (a) One (1) resident chambers shall be established in Bonner County;
16 (b) Three Four ( 34) resident chambers shall be established in Kootenai
18 (c) One (1) resident chambers shall be established in Shoshone County.
19 SECTION 2. That Section 1-804, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
20 amended to read as follows:
21 1-804. THIRD DISTRICT -- NUMBER OF JUDGES -- RESIDENT CHAMBERS. (1) The
22 third judicial district shall consist of the counties of Adams, Washington,
23 Payette, Gem, Canyon and Owyhee.
24 (2) The third judicial district shall have five six ( 56) district judges.
25 (3) Resident chambers of the district judges of the third judicial dis-
26 trict shall be established as follows:
27 (a) One (1) resident chambers shall be established in Washington or Pay-
28 ette County.
29 (b) Four Five ( 45) resident chambers shall be established in Canyon
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This bill would add two new district judges. One would be in the First
Judicial District and have resident chambers in Kootenai County; the other
would be in the Third Judicial District and have resident chambers in Canyon
County. These would be the first new district judge positions in Idaho since
1998. No district judge positions have been added in the First Judicial
District since 1997, and none in the Third Judicial District since 1996.
Since that time, the judiciary has been able to keep pace with the increasing
caseload by the use of senior judges and by having active judges assigned to
cases in districts other than their own when required. Idaho's increasing
population since 1995, up more than 40 percent in Kootenai County and more
than 51 percent in Canyon County and the corresponding demands on the court
system have now made it necessary to add judgeships. After reviewing
caseloads throughout the state, the Supreme Court has determined that the need
is most acute in the First and Third Judicial Districts.
The salary and benefits for two district judge positions and other
costs, including salary and benefits for two court reporters, would total
approximately $380,000 in general funds.
Name: Patti Tobias, Administrative Director of the Courts
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1407