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District of Idaho

Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill

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U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge
Case Assignment
General Case Assignment Information

General Case Assignment Information

As an Article III judge, Judge Lodge handles felony criminal matters, death penalty cases, and Class A misdemeanors if the parties choose not to consent to a magistrate judge. Judge Nye, Judge Winmill and Judge Lodge are randomly assigned all felony criminal matters.

For civil cases, Judge Nye, Judge Winmill and Judge Lodge are randomly assigned approximately two-thirds of all civil matters. Additionally, if a party requests reassignment of a civil matter to a district judge after having been assigned a magistrate judge, the matter will be randomly assigned to either Judge Nye, Judge Winmill or Judge Lodge.  

Finally, in bankruptcy appellate matters, if a party objects to the matter being heard by the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Judge Nye, Judge Winmill and Judge Lodge are randomly assigned to hear appeals from the bankruptcy court.

Divisional Offices

Judge Lodge's Chambers is in Boise. However, Judge Lodge travels to the divisional offices on a regular basis. Two weeks of each month, Judge Lodge hears matters in Boise. The other two weeks are spent in Pocatello and Coeur d'Alene. Judge Lodge's regular travel schedule may be dictated, however, by trial settings, hearings, or other matters, and is subject to change. 

Law Clerk Case Assignment

Law Clerk Case Assignment

To determine the law clerk assigned to your case:

  • log in to CM/ECF;
  • look in the upper right hand corner of the page; and
  • check the case flag.

Judge Lodge's Law Clerks

Judge Lodge has two full-time law clerks who assist with case management, motions, and trials.

Case Flag Law Clerk Phone Number
LCKD/terminal digits 0, 2,4,6,8

Kira Dale

(208) 334-9256
LCLT/terminal digits 1,3,5,7, 9 Lauri Thompson (208) 334-9239


Applicable Rules

Applicable Rules - Court Sessions

Sessions of the Court:  Dist. Idaho L. Rule 77.2

Hours of the Court:       Dist. Idaho L. Rule 77.1

Venue:                          Dist. Idaho L. Rule 3.1

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