Latah County 2nd District Court Judge John Stegner is among more than a dozen applicants hoping to fill a seat on the Idaho Supreme Court.
Stegner, who graduated from the University of Idaho Law School, has been a district judge since 1997. Since 2002, he has presided over the Latah County Drug Court and frequently serves as a lecturer at UI. In 2012, he was named the recipient of The Granata Award, which is presented annually to the Idaho trial court judge who best exemplifies professionalism.
So far, 15 judges and attorneys from Moscow to Boise to Idaho Falls have applied for the position being vacated by Justice Daniel Eismann, who announced his resignation earlier this year.
Members of the Supreme Court are normally elected to six-year terms, but because Eismann resigned with a year left in his tenure, the Idaho Judicial Council is accepting applications for the position.
Following a public comment period May 22 through June 30, the council narrows the list of candidates to four and submit those names to Gov. Butch Otter, who will decide on the new judge. Otter is expected to announce Eismann’s replacement in August.
Whoever is selected would have to run for re-election in May. (Rexburg Standard Journal)