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Otter names Nye as new district judge

Caldwell attorney Christopher Nye has been appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to be a district judge, filling a new judgeship in the 3rd Judicial District that was created by the Idaho Legislature this year. In addition to Nye, finalists for the post were Kenneth Jorgensen, a deputy Idaho attorney general, and Christopher Topmiller, chief criminal deputy prosecuting attorney for Canyon County. Seven attorneys, all men, applied for the position. Click below for Otter’s full announcement.

C.L. “Butch” Otter





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                         

November 15, 2013                                                                                                                      




(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Caldwell attorney Christopher Nye to a new Third Judicial District judgeship created by the Idaho Legislature last winter.


Nye, a partner with White Peterson Attorneys at Law in Nampa, is a Kansas native who received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Kansas University. He has been practicing law in Idaho since 1983, first as a deputy prosecutor for Canyon County, then as a deputy public defender in Nampa before entering private practice in 1990. His practice has focused on civil litigation and family law.


Nye was among three candidates nominated by the Idaho Judicial Council for the new position.


“I’m confident that the steady, consistent quality of Chris’s work, and his fair and evenhanded judicial temperament, will serve the people of Canyon County well,” Governor Otter said. “He’ll make a great addition to the Third District bench.”


Nye and his wife of 34 years, Vicki, have one son who is a student at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.




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