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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Court Operations (1304)

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho as well as Probation and Pretrial announce operating with reduced staff.  For full details and pro se email filing links, please visit the COVID-19 Information section of this website. 

The District of Idaho is currently operating under a "Moderate Risk" level. Public access to the courthouses will be strictly limited to those individuals with specific business, e.g., those attending a hearing or visiting their probation officer. All individuals (unvaccinated and fully vaccinated), including staff, are required to wear a mask when in the public areas of the courthouses. Mask requirements for all in-court proceedings will be subject to the presiding judge’s discretion.
Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale
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Chief Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale

Chief Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale

Updated on Oct 08, 2021

Chief Magistrate Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale began her appointment as United States Magistrate Judge on March 30, 2008. She served as Chief Magistrate Judge from October of 2008 through September of 2015, and is currently serving as Chief Magistrate Judge as of June 11, 2021. Among her other duties, she is Chair of the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee and serves on the planning committee for the annual Teachers Institute. She was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve a two-year term as the Magistrate Judge Observer to the Judicial Conference of the United States, and served in that capacity from October 2017 through September 2019. Judge Dale also is a member of the Fairness Committee for the Ninth Circuit, a past member of the Jury Trial Improvement Committee where she served from 2010-2018, and a past Chair of the Magistrate Judges Executive Board for the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Dale is a member of the Federal Bar Association and a member of the Idaho Legal History Society. She is an Emeritus member of the Richard C. Fields American Inn of Court, where she previously served as President; an Emeritus member of the Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Idaho, where she served as Chair of the Board from 2012 – 2014. Judge Dale was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, LL.D., from the College of Idaho in May 2017. She received the 2016 Faculty Award of Legal Merit from the University of Idaho College of Law, the 2014 Justice for All Award from the Diversity Section of the Idaho State Bar, and the 2010 Kate Feltham Award from the Idaho Women Lawyers.

A native of Boise, Judge Dale obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors and as a Gipson Scholar, from the College of Idaho in 1979, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1982, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Idaho Law Review.  Before her appointment to the federal bench, she was a trial lawyer for over 25 years in Idaho and a member of numerous professional and community organizations.

Judge Dale's Achievements
A Woman Takes the Federal Bench in Idaho
Deb Kristensen, 118 Years in the Making, The Advocate (Feb. 2008).
Judge Dale receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 by the Idaho Business Review Leaders in Law program.

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