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The Guide to Idaho Court Records

Overview of Idaho Courts

The Idaho trial court system consists of District Courts and Magistrate Divisions.
 
District Courts are the primary trial courts of Idaho, but each District Court has a Magistrate Division that handles certain types of cases, including Small Claims. An independent Tribal Court system shares some jurisdiction with District Courts.

Please select a Idaho county below to view directory of all courts with links to court record resources for each court.
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Idaho District Courts
District Courts have original and general jurisdiction to hear all civil and criminal cases. District Courts each have a Magistrate Division that handles certain types of cases. District Courts typically handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of the Magistrate Division.

Criminal cases heard by District Courts include felonies and lesser included offenses.

Civil cases heard by District Courts include general civil cases with more than $10,000 in dispute. District Courts also handle some domestic relations, some probate and some juvenile cases.

Some District Court have specialized court divisions for certain types of cases. These court divisions include Adult Drug Courts, Adult Mental Health Courts, DUI Courts, Juvenile Drug Courts, Family Dependency Treatment Courts and Youth Courts.
Idaho Magistrate Divisions
Magistrate Divisions operate within District Courts and have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases.

Criminal cases heard by Magistrate Divisions include misdemeanors and preliminary hearings for all criminal cases. Magistrate Divisions also handle traffic infractions.

Civil cases heard by Magistrate Divisions include general civil claims for less than $10,000, most domestic relations cases, most probate matters, most juvenile proceedings, guardianships of minors and adults, civil commitment, driver license suspension and name changes.

Magistrate divisions also have Small Claims departments for certain types of general civil claims within the financial limits. The dollar amount, value of the property, or combined total (if you are seeking a dollar amount and property) in your claim must be $5,000 or less. Punitive damages and damages for pain and suffering cannot be awarded in the Small Claims division, and jury trials are not available.
Idaho Tribal Courts
Idaho has an independent Tribal Court system that shares some civil and criminal jurisdiction with District Courts.

Where to find court cases in Idaho
The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Idaho.
 
Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
Civil District Courts Magistrate Divisions
General Civil - Unlimited
Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the District Courts
 
General Civil - Limited
Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Small Claims
 
Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Civil Equity
Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Complex Commercial
Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Foreclosures and Liens
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Real Estate Title and Boundary
Some Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Landlord / Tenant
 
Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Ordinance Violations
 
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Administrative Agency Appeals
Some Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Criminal District Courts Magistrate Divisions
Felony
Most or all Felony cases can be found in the District Courts
 
Felony Preliminary Hearings
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Misdemeanors
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Ordinance Violations
 
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Juvenile
Some Juvenile cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Juvenile cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Traffic and Infractions
 
Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Domestic Relations District Courts Magistrate Divisions
Divorce
Some Divorce cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Child Custody and Visitation
Some Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Child Support
Some Child Support cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Paternity
Some Paternity cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Domestic Violence Protection Order
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Juvenile District Courts Magistrate Divisions
Adoptions
Some Adoptions cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Juvenile Delinquency
Some Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Child Abuse and Neglect
Some Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Termination of Parental Rights
Some Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Children in Need of Supervision
Some Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Mental Health District Courts Magistrate Divisions
Involuntary Commitments
Some Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Other Mental Health Cases
Some Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Probate District Courts Magistrate Divisions
Wills & Estates
Some Wills & Estates cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Name Changes
 
Most or all Name Changes cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Trusts
Some Trusts cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Some Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Magistrate Divisions

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