The Idaho Supreme Court building in Boise on March 20, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)
Three women will be considered for appointment to the Idaho Supreme Court by Gov. Brad Little, according to a press release from the State of Idaho’s Judicial Branch.
The applicants selected by the Idaho Judicial Council, which by Idaho law is the body that reviews applicants when there is a vacancy on the court, include:
- Jessica M. Lorello of Meridian, a judge for the Idaho Court of Appeals
- Diane M. Walker of Meridian, a magistrate judge in the Fourth Judicial District
- Colleen D. Zahn of Boise, an Idaho deputy attorney general in that office’s Criminal Law Division
The applicants were interviewed during a public session of the judicial council on April 27.
According to the release, nine attorneys and judges from throughout the state applied to succeed Justice Roger Burdick, who will retire from the court June 30. One applicant later withdrew.
“The new appointee will serve the remainder of Justice Burdick’s term, which ends in January 2023,” the press release stated. “A nonpartisan election to elect a justice for the next six-year term will be held in May 2022.”
The court currently has one female justice, Robyn Brody, and four male justices: Burdick, G. Richard Bevan, John Stegner and Gregory Moeller.
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