Gem State Roundup

Gov. Little to consider three women for Idaho Supreme Court opening

By: - April 28, 2021 3:59 pm
The Idaho Supreme Court Building

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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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.