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34-615.  Election — selection — of justices of the supreme court — Qualifications. (1) At the primary election, 1972, and every alternate year thereafter, subject to the provisions of section 34-1217, Idaho Code, there shall be elected justices of the supreme court to fill any vacancy or vacancies occasioned by the expiration of the term or terms of office of any member or members.
(2)   To be elected or appointed to the office of justice of the supreme court a person must, at the time of such election or appointment, meet all of the following qualifications:
(a)  Be at least thirty (30) years of age;
(b)  Be a citizen of the United States and an elector of the state of Idaho;
(c)  Have been a legal resident of the state of Idaho for at least two (2) continuous years immediately preceding such election or appointment;
(d)  Have been in good standing as an active or judicial member of the Idaho state bar for at least two (2) continuous years immediately preceding such election or appointment; and
(e)  Have held a license to practice law or held a judicial office in one (1) or more jurisdictions for at least ten (10) continuous years immediately preceding such election or appointment.
For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a)  "Active," "judicial" and "good standing" have the same definitions as those terms are given by rule 301 of the Idaho bar commission rules or any successors to those rules;
(b)  "Jurisdiction" means a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or any branch of the United States military; and
(c)  "Elector" means one who is lawfully registered to vote.
(3)  Each candidate for election shall file a declaration of candidacy with the secretary of state.
(4)  Each candidate who files a declaration of candidacy shall at the same time pay a filing fee of three hundred dollars ($300) which shall be deposited in the general fund.

[34-615, added 1970, ch. 140, sec. 95, p. 351; am. 1972, ch. 46, sec. 1, p. 84; am. 1985, ch. 29, sec. 6, p. 56; am. 1996, ch. 28, sec. 11, p. 71; am. 2015, ch. 310, sec. 3, p. 1218.]

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