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Want to help improve Idaho’s justice system? A new committee is seeking applications

Idaho Supreme Court - 2021
Otto Kitsinger
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Idaho Supreme Court building in Boise on March 20, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

The Idaho Supreme Court is looking for candidates to join a new committee that will help shape the future of Idaho’s judiciary.

The state’s highest court this month announced it will create a Special Committee on Judicial Recruitment and Selection. The committee will evaluate ways to improve Idaho’s recruitment of judges, as well as concerns about the Idaho Judicial Council, which helps to fill judicial vacancies that come open between elections.

Members of the public and attorneys can apply to serve on the special committee by sending a cover letter and a resume or bio to specialcomm@idcourts.net. Applications are due April 8.

The committee also will include a district judge, magistrate judge and several members nominated by the executive and legislative branches, a news release said.

“The Idaho Supreme Court supports an approach to addressing concerns about judicial recruitment, including Judicial Council membership and processes, that is inclusive of the views of all three branches of government,” Chief Justice G. Richard Bevan said in the release. “But also critical to finding good solutions are the perspectives of those that the courts serve every day, both attorneys and non-attorneys.”

More information can be found on the Idaho Supreme Court’s website at isc.idaho.gov.