United States District Court for the District of Idaho

United States District Court for the District of Idaho
(D. Idaho)
Appeals to: Ninth Circuit
Established: July 3, 1890
Judges assigned: 2
Chief Judge: B. Lynn Winmill

The United States District Court for the District of Idaho (in case citations, D. Idaho) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the state of Idaho (except for the part of the state within Yellowstone National Park, which is under the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming).[1][2] Court is held in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, and Pocatello. Cases from the District of Idaho are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The Current U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho is Wendy J. Olson.


The District of Idaho was established shortly after Idaho's admission as a U.S. State. On July 3, 1890, by 26 Stat. 215, the United States Congress organized Idaho as one judicial district, authorizing one judgeship for the court and assigning it to the Ninth Circuit.[3] The second judgeship was authorized by Congress on February 10, 1954, by 68 Stat. 8.[3]

Current Judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
11 Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill Boise, ID 1952 1995–present 1999–present Clinton
12 District Judge vacant
10 Senior Judge Edward Lodge Boise, ID 1933 1989–2015 1992–1999 2015–present G.H.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
2 Edward Lodge Senior Status July 3, 2015 David C. Nye April 5, 2016

Former Judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Beatty, James HelmickJames Helmick Beatty ID 1836–1927 1891[4]–1907 Harrison, B.B. Harrison retirement
2 Dietrich, Frank SigelFrank Sigel Dietrich ID 1863–1930 1907–1927 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt reappointment
3 Cavanah, Charles CheathamCharles Cheatham Cavanah ID 1871–1953 1927–1942 1942–1953 Coolidge, Coolidge death
4 Clark, Chase A.Chase A. Clark ID 1883–1966 1943–1964 1954–1964 1964–1966 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
5 Taylor, Fredrick MonroeFredrick Monroe Taylor ID 1901–1988 1954–1971 1964–1971 1971–1988 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
6 McNichols, Raymond ClyneRaymond Clyne McNichols ID 1914–1985 1964–1981 1971–1981 1981–1985 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
7 Anderson, J. BlaineJ. Blaine Anderson ID 1914–1985 1971–1976 Nixon, Nixon reappointment
8 Callister, Marion JonesMarion Jones Callister ID 1921–1997 1976–1989 1981–1988 1989–1997 Ford, Ford death
9 Ryan, Harold LymanHarold Lyman Ryan ID 1923–1995 1981–1992 1988–1992 1992–1995 Reagan, Reagan death

Succession of seats

Seat 1
Seat established on July 3, 1890 by 26 Stat. 215
Beatty 1892–1907
Dietrich 1907–1927
Cavanah 1927–1942
Clark 1943–1964
McNichols 1964–1981
Ryan 1981–1992
Winmill 1995–present

Seat 2
Seat established on February 10, 1954 by 68 Stat. 8
Taylor 1954–1971
Anderson 1971–1976
Callister 1976–1989
Lodge 1989–2015
vacant 2015–present

See also


  1. 28 U.S.C. § 92.
  2. 28 U.S.C. § 131.
  3. 1 2 District of Idaho legislative history from the Federal Judicial Center.
  4. Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 10, 1891, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 4, 1892, and received commission on February 4, 1892.

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