Idaho Court Records

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Major Idaho courts that kept records of genealogical value were established as follows:

  • District courts have countywide jurisdiction over civil and criminal proceedings, including naturalization and property.
  • Probate courts had jurisdiction over probates, adoptions, and minor civil matters until they were abolished in 1971. Their records and functions were assigned to the district courts or the magistrate divisions of the district courts.
  • Justice of the peace courts had jurisdiction over minor cases until 1971 when they were abolished. Their jurisdiction was assigned to the district courts.
  • Magistrate divisions of district courts are citywide courts assigned court cases by the various district courts. These cases generally include minor civil and criminal cases, probates, and juvenile matters.

The Family History Library does not presently have copies of Idaho court records. These are at the various county courthouses. The Idaho State Historical Society has records of the Idaho Supreme Court.

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