Idaho Court of Appeals

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The Idaho Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in Idaho. The Court of Appeals hears cases assigned by the Idaho Supreme Court, except capital murder convictions and appeals from the Public Utilities Commission or Industrial Commission which must be heard by the Supreme Court. Appellants may petition the Idaho Supreme Court to rehear a Court of Appeals decision, but the Supreme Court is not required to grant such a petition.

The Court of Appeals includes a chief judge and two other judges who are elected in non-partisan elections to renewable six-year terms. Beginning January 1, 2009, the Court of Appeals will add a fourth judge. When this happens, cases will be heard by three-judge panels.


Idaho Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   4
Judicial selection
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years
Active judges

Sergio Gutierrez  •  Karen Lansing  •  David Gratton  •  John Michael Melanson  •  


JudgeTermAppointed byParty
Judge Sergio Gutierrez2002-2015
Judge Karen Lansing1993-2017
Chief Judge David Gratton2009-2019Gov. Butch Otter
Judge John Michael Melanson2009-2019Gov. Butch Otter

Former judges

Qualifications to serve

According to Idaho Code § 1-2404, no person shall be appointed or elected to the office of judge of the court of appeals unless:

  • He has attained the age of thirty (30) years at the time of his appointment or election,
  • Is a citizen of the United States,
  • Shall have been admitted to the practice of law for at least ten (10) years prior to taking office,
  • Is admitted to practice law in the state of Idaho,
  • Has resided within Idaho for at least the two (2) years immediately preceding his appointment or election.[1]

See also

External links


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Gutierrez seat
CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
GutierrezSergio Gutierrez Yes   


CandidateIncumbentRetention vote:Retention Vote %
GrattonDavid Gratton   ApprovedAYes 100%ApprovedA
MelansonJohn Michael Melanson   ApprovedAYes 100%ApprovedA