Idaho Magistrate Division
The Idaho Magistrate Division is a division of the Idaho District Courts that "hears probate matters, divorce proceedings, juvenile proceedings, initial felony proceedings through the preliminary hearing, criminal misdemeanors, infractions, civil cases when the amount in dispute does not exceed $10,000 and cases in Small Claims Court that is established for disputes of $5,000 or less" in Idaho.  Decisions of the Magistrate Division are appealed to the District Courts.
Method of selection
Magistrate judges are selected by a District Magistrates Commission in each District for an initial 18-month term. The Magistrates Commission evaluates the judges just prior to the expiration of their 18-month term, and decides whether to end the probationary period, extend it, or remove the judge from office. If the probationary period is deemed successfully concluded, the magistrate judge enters a four-year term, after which they are subject to a retention election by the voters of the state. They then stand for retention every four years. 
Qualifications for office
An individual must be at least 30 years of age, a qualified elector of the state of Idaho, a resident of the county of appointment, admitted to practice law in Idaho and have been admitted to practice law for at least five years to qualify as a magistrate judge candidate.