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Idaho Supreme Court sets Aug. 3 swearing-in ceremony for next chief justice

The Idaho Supreme Court has set an Aug. 3 ceremony to swear in Justice Jim Jones as the next chief justice of the court, succeeding current Chief Justice Roger Burdick, who will remain on the court; chief justices are elected by the court and serve four-year terms.

“I feel honored to be able to continue to serve Idahoans as the next Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court,” Jones said in a statement. “A lot of responsibility comes with this position and I thank my colleagues for believing I am up for the challenge. Justice Burdick has done a tremendous job over the last four years and I look forward to building upon his success so we can continue to provide timely justice to all Idahoans.”

 During Burdick’s tenure as chief justice, he worked with all three branches of Idaho’s state government to pass the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, helped launch a new technology platform to help modernize court operations throughout the state and chaired 15 interview sessions with 131 applicants for district judge and appellate positions. Jones, a former Idaho attorney general, said he’ll continue Burdick’s efforts.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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