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BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel
Eismann says the state's appellate court needs a fourth judge to
deal with an overwhelming caseload.
Eismann made the recommendation in his first State of the
Judiciary address to Idaho's lawmakers today.
Eismann says that over the past 20 years Idaho's population has
increased by nearly 60 percent. And the caseload in the courts has
increased by more than 40 percent.
The growth has been most dramatic in the Idaho Court of Appeals,
where three appellate judges are dealing with a two-thirds increase
in case filings.
Eismann says the appellate court should have a fourth judge
added to the bench, and the appellate court offices should be moved
into the Idaho Supreme Court building. That would mean the Idaho
Law Library would have to move to a new location.
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