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Hon. Justice Roger S. Burdick


Justice Roger Burdick became the 53rd justice of the Idaho Supreme Court in August 2003, appointed by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne.

He will retire from the Supreme Court on June 30, 2021, after a 47-year career as an attorney and judge.

After graduating from Boise High School in 1965, Justice Burdick went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Colorado in 1970 and graduated from the University of Idaho School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1974. From 1970 to 1971, he worked as a bank examiner with the Idaho Department of Finance. After graduation from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1974, He worked at the law firm of Webb, Pike, Burton & Carlson in Twin Falls, as a deputy prosecutor in Ada County and then as a partner with the law firm of Hart, Burdick & Healzer in Jerome. During the latter, he worked both in general practice and as a public defender for Camas, Lincoln, Jerome and Gooding counties.

In November 1980, Justice Burdick was elected prosecutor for Jerome County. In September 1981, he was appointed as Magistrate Judge for that same county, serving until September 1993. During that time, he became the first magistrate judge member of the Idaho Judicial Council and from 1989 to 1991, was president of the Idaho Magistrate Judges Association and chairman of the Supreme Court’s Juvenile Rules committee.

He was appointed as a District Judge in Twin Falls County in 1993. As a District Judge, Justice Burdick served over time on various Idaho Supreme Court advisory committees. He again served on the Idaho Judicial Council as the District Judge member from 1995 to 2001, and was president of the Idaho District Judges Association from 2001 to 2003. In 2001 he was assigned to preside over the Snake River Basin Adjudication and also became the Administrative District Judge for the Fifth Judicial District.

Appointed to the Idaho Supreme Court in 2003, Justice Burdick won re-election in 2004, 2010 and 2016. He served as Vice Chief Justice of the Court from 2007 to 2011. He served two separate terms as Chief Justice, starting in 2011 and 2017 respectively, and as of Jan. 1, 2021, is again Vice Chief Justice.

While Chief Justice and ex-offico chairman of the Idaho Judicial Council, Justice Burdick oversaw the adoption of new Rules of Procedure and proposed successful revisions to the Idaho Code of Judicial Conduct. He placed a priority on embracing the Supreme Court's administrative role in Idaho's unified court system — growing treatment courts, enhancing guardianship monitoring, improving the juvenile court system and advocating for the resources to achieve such goals.

Nationally, he was active in the Conference of Chief Justices, serving a two-year term on its board of directors that ended in July 2019. He co-chaired the Conference’s Committee for Appellate Time Standards, producing standards that were adopted by the Conference as benchmarks for the nation’s appellate courts in 2014. He served on the working group for the Conference of Chief Justices implementation for their report, “Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All.”

Justice Burdick is married to Rachel Burdick and has two grown sons, Phillip and Benjamin. In retirement, he will apply to serve as a senior judge, taking on periodic cases to help ease the workload across the judiciary.


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Members of the
Idaho Supreme Court

Chief Justice G Richard Bevan
Justice Robyn M. Brody
Justice John R. Stegner
Justice Gregory W. Moeller
Justice Colleen D. Zahn

Members of the
Idaho Court of Appeals

Chief Judge Molly J Huskey
Judge David W. Gratton
Judge Jessica M. Lorello
Judge Amanda K. Brailsford



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