Idaho courts hope to add more judges to help handle caseload
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho courts hope to add three new judges, to keep up with growing caseloads.
Courts administrator Patti Tobias won introduction of her measure Monday in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee.
It would create new judge posts in Idaho's Third. Fourth and Seventh district courts.
The cost to the state would run about $673,000 annually for three judge positions, three court reporters and related expenses.
Tobias says she has written agreement from affected counties to pay their share of the expenses, should the Legislature go along.
Since 2000, Tobias says court personnel have grown only 6 percent, while populations of the regions due to get new judges have surpassed that rate.
Republican Rep. Janet Trujillo of Idaho Falls says she's supportive of adding a judge in eastern Idaho's 7th district.