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History of Reform Efforts: Idaho

Unsuccessful Reform Efforts

1982
Proposed constitutional amendment (SJR-111) would have allowed district court judges to be selected as provided by law. Would have eliminated election as the only method of selecting district court judges and allowed legislature to determine the method.

Bill (SB-1400) would have instituted retention elections for district court judges

1983
Proposed constitutional amendment (HJR-3) would have provided for nonpartisan election of court of appeals and magistrate judges. Would have added to the provision that political parties may not endorse or nominate judicial candidates the stipulation that parties may not endorse or nominate candidates "directly or indirectly."

1988
Bill (SB-1325) would have required the governor to fill supreme court vacancies with the advice and consent of the senate.

1995
Bill (SB-1007) would have required the governor to fill vacancies on supreme court, court of appeals, and district courts with the consent of the senate. Would have eliminated the judicial council's role in nominating candidates to fill judicial vacancies.

1998
Bill (HB-764) would have required the judicial council to submit names of candidates to fill judicial vacancies until the governor had chosen a nominee. Would have required the governor to choose nominees to fill judicial vacancies from list submitted by judicial council.

Proposed constitutional amendment (HJR-7) would have instituted merit selection of judges at all levels of courts.