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Press Release: Governor Little Appoints District Judge Cynthia Meyer to the Idaho Supreme Court

By • November 6, 2023

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

Boise, ID – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of District Judge Cynthia Meyer to the Idaho Supreme Court, replacing Justice John R. Stegner who retired Oct. 31.

Meyer is the Administrative Judge for the First Judicial District, where she has served for eight years. Meyer was appointed to the First Judicial District in 2015 by former Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.

Meyer attended the College of Idaho during her undergraduate studies and received her juris doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Before entering public office, Meyer practiced, and later became partner, with the Coeur d’Alene law firm James, Vernon, and Weeks, P.A. Meyer has nearly 30 years of experience representing individuals and businesses as litigation and general counsel. She additionally served as an adjunct instructor at North Idaho College between 2005 and 2009.

“Judge Meyer’s strong intellect and writing skills are just two qualities that will make her an excellent addition to the Idaho Supreme Court. Her appointment will bring representation from North Idaho to the statewide Idaho Supreme Court, and the materials I reviewed in considering her appointment are evidence she is widely respected by her peers and community as an intelligent, fair, and competent jurist,” Governor Little said.

Meyer is the second Idaho Supreme Court Justice appointed by Governor Little. She joins Justice Colleen Zahn, who Governor Little appointed to the bench in 2021, Chief Justice Richard Bevan, Justice Robyn Brody, and Justice Gregory Moeller.

“I am deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of our beautiful state as Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. I want to thank Governor Little for his faith in me and entrusting me with this awesome responsibility, and I want to thank my family for their unwavering support. I have loved every day that I have served the people of northern Idaho as a district judge of the First Judicial District. I will miss my colleagues and court staff tremendously. I am committed to upholding the principles that make our judicial system so strong: the rule of law, justice, and fairness; and I will serve with integrity, with respect and dignity, and with humility,” Meyer said.

Meyer will carry out the remainder of Justice Stegner’s term, which expires in January 2027.

“Justice Stegner was an esteemed member of the Idaho Supreme Court, whose extensive experience, dedication to justice, and love of Idaho has improved the lives of many Idahoans. I join many others in expressing deep appreciation for his 26 years of judicial service and wish him well in his retirement,” Governor Little said.

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 four qualified candidates to Governor Little for appointment.

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Tags: Chief Justice Richard Bevan, Cynthia Meyer, First Judicial District, Idaho Code 1-2101, Idaho Judicial Council, Idaho Supreme Court, Justice Colleen Zahn, Justice Gregory Moeller, Justice Robyn Brody, Justice Stegner

6 thoughts on “Press Release: Governor Little Appoints District Judge Cynthia Meyer to the Idaho Supreme Court

  1. Is Meyer Liberal or Conservative?
    Will Meyer follow the Constitution?
    Will Meyer represent The People?
    Idaho’s Supreme Court is in dire need of a Justice that can actually follow the Constitution verbatim.

    1. Personally, I have some serious concerns about this individual…until further details come out regarding past actions I will say but this: Her past association with Otter and now Little give me significant bad vibes, to be honest. I don’t trust our governor…for much of anything. I know only a very little about Otter, but it all seems be negative in regard to the Constitution and conservativism.

      Those two points alone make me very skeptical about her agenda(s).

  2. Idaho’s system for choosing Supreme Court judges should be reformed. A system where judges are vetted and approved by the Idaho Senate would be more representative of the people.

  3. Stay out of the corporate courts; chances of being July 6thd is a high risk for all conservatives; indeed Idaho is targeted because our individual small counties, with paper ballots stand for the AMERICAN Constitutionn and each vote counts for our freedom of speech.
    rachael Constitutional Speakers Forum, St. Maries

  4. I think the current system with the Idaho Judicial Council 9 member board needs to restructure. We currently have 2 Regeristed Idaho lobbyists on this Board whom vetts our Jugdge Candidates for the Governor. This raises a logical question why do we have corporate lobbyist’s Vetting Judges. Idaho Citizens Deserve Transparency and Resumes For the candidates selected by the Idaho judicial council.

  5. Brad Little pointed this person??? The same Brad Little that let the COVID pushers direct public policy???

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