Barbara Buchanan appointed to bench
January 17, 2013
C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment
Wednesday of Bonner County Magistrate Barbara
Buchanan to succeed First District Judge Steve
Judge Verby is transitioning to senior status on
the district bench this month.
Buchanan, 54, of Sandpoint, is the first woman
appointed to a judgeship in the First Judicial
District. She was among four nominees whose
names were submitted to Governor Otter by the
Idaho Judicial Council.
Buchanan, who has served 18 years as a
magistrate, is a Moscow native who received her
bachelor’s and law degrees at the University of
Idaho. She and her husband Richard have two
daughters and a foster daughter.
Judge Buchanan said she looks forward to serving
as the only district judge for Bonner and
“The Idaho court system is in a period of
change. We are embarking on an innovative new
program to deliver justice more quickly,
efficiently and effectively,” she said in
applying for the position. “I am excited to be
part of that process.”
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