Justice Jim Jones will officially be sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court during a ceremony Monday morning. He succeeds Justice Roger S. Burdick, who will continue to serve on the state’s highest court.
The ceremony will take place August 3 at 10 a.m. at the Idaho Supreme Court in Boise in the second-floor courtroom. The public is welcome to attend.
Justice Burdick will also be recognized during the ceremony for his four years of service as Chief Justice. The patience, humor and ingenuity Justice Burdick showed during his tenure guiding Idaho’s justice system were greatly appreciated by members of the appellate courts.
Justice Jones, an Idaho native, was elected to the high court in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. After receiving a political science degree from the University of Oregon and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, he served in the U. S. Army for two years. He worked for former U.S. Senator Len Jordan for three years, then practiced law in Jerome and went on to serve two terms as Idaho’s Attorney General in the 1980’s. Justice Jones is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and is an active member of his community, serving on various boards and volunteering with numerous non-profit organizations over the years.