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History of Reform Efforts: Idaho

Altering Selection Methods

Method of selection and term lengths for justices of the supreme court and judges of the district courts are prescribed in the Idaho Constitution. Method of selection and term lengths for judges of the court of appeals are prescribed by statute.

The constitution also gives the governor the authority to fill vacancies on the supreme court, and the governor has statutory authorization to fill vacancies on the court of appeals and district courts. The legislature prescribes the process for filling vacancies.

An amendment to the Idaho Constitution must be passed by two thirds of the members of both houses of the state legislature and by a majority of the voters.