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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, Snodgrass 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 Effective: 07/01/06
]]]] 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 fivesix ( 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) ThreeFour ( 34) resident chambers shall be established in Kootenai 17 County; 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 fivesix ( 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) FourFive ( 45) resident chambers shall be established in Canyon 30 County.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 15843 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. FISCAL NOTE 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. Contact Name: Patti Tobias, Administrative Director of the Courts Phone: 334-2246 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1407