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Press Release: Gov. Little Appoints Joseph Borton to Fourth Judicial District

By • March 5, 2024

The following press release was sent out by the Office of Idaho Governor Brad Little. Press releases do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Joseph Borton as District Judge to the Fourth Judicial District.

Borton is a trial attorney with twenty-seven years of litigation experience in trial on a wide array of civil and criminal matters. He is the managing partner at Borton-Lakey Law & Policy in Meridian. Borton is the current President of the Meridian City Council where he has served for fourteen years. An active community member, Borton has served as president of the West Ada Education Foundation, the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, and as chairman of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho where he was also a youth mentor for eleven years. Borton is a local graduate of Boise High School, who earned his Economics Degree with honors from the University of Oregon and his juris doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law. In 2019 Borton was sworn in for admission to appear before the United States Supreme Court.

“I am honored and grateful for this appointment,” Borton said. “Our District has been blessed with exceptional judges and court staff for many years and I am committed to doing my part to uphold that long tradition of excellence.”

The position Borton will fill is chambered in Ada County. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of District Judge Samuel Hoagland. The Fourth Judicial District encompasses Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties.

Idaho Code 1-2101, et seq., addresses how judicial vacancies in the Idaho Supreme Court, Idaho Court of Appeals, and District Courts are filled. The Idaho Judicial Council submits a list of at least three qualified candidates to Governor Little for appointment, consistent with Idaho law.

6 thoughts on “Press Release: Gov. Little Appoints Joseph Borton to Fourth Judicial District

    1. He’s a liberal disguised as conservative. When he was on city Council in Meridian, he voted for the sexual orientation gender identity ordinance still active at the city. this ordinance allows men who say they are women to utilize women’s facilities in the city of Meridian. Bad news for Idaho and for Ada County for him to be appointed as a judge.

        1. He’s not ignorant of anything. He’s a leftist Democrat. What’s disgusting is how ignorant Idaho voters are for re-electing him after the way he governed the first time

  1. If Little appointed him, he’s a RINO.

    Unfortunately, lots of conservatives and libertarians moving here that have no idea that (R) is totally meaningless in Idaho and believe all the fake flyers the democrats cram in their mailbox.

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