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Idaho Court of Appeals
The Idaho Court of Appeals was established in 1980 as 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 three other judges who are elected in non-partisan elections to renewable six-year terms. Cases are heard by three-judge panels.
|Idaho Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Non-partisan election of judges|
|Judge Sergio Gutierrez||2002-2020|
|Judge Karen Lansing||1993-2017|
|Chief Judge David Gratton||2009-2019||Gov. Butch Otter|
|Judge John Michael Melanson||2009-2019||Gov. Butch Otter|
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.
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