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District of Idaho

Chief Judge David C. Nye

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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, please visit the COVID-19 Information section of this website. 

Anyone who is experiencing COVID like symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID within the last 10 days must report this to the Court Security Officers at the entrance to any courthouse.  In general, masking will be in accordance with CDC guidance and whether masks are required in any individual courthouse is outlined below. Please refer to General Order No. 412 for how the Court will operate during the different risk levels.

Current Level: Yellow
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: 50 Person Limitation
Masking: Required
Coeur d'Alene
Current Level: Green
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: No Limitation
Masking: Optional
Current Level: Green
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: No Limitation
Masking: Optional
Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye
Case Assignment
General Case Assignment Information

General Case Assignment Information

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

For civil cases, Judge Nye and Judge Winmill are randomly assigned approximately one-half 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 or Judge Winmill.  

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

Divisional Offices

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

Law Clerk/Paralegal Case Assignment

To determine the law clerk/paralegal 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 Nye's Chamber Staff

Judge Nye has two full-time law clerks, one part-time law clerk and one full-time judicial assistant/paralegal who assist with case management, motions, and trials.

Case Flag Law Clerk Phone Number
LC12 John Geilman (208) 478-8394
LC18 Alyssa Nielsen (208) 478-8393
LC19 Bennett Briggs (208) 334-1026
LC20 Nicole Trotta (208) 334-9022
  Judicial Assistant/Paralegal  
LCAB Amy Beers (208) 478-8391
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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