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Bush, Dale retained as federal magistrates

Candy Wagahoff Dale
Candy Wagahoff Dale

Chief Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush and Magistrate Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale have been appointed to the second eight-year terms as magistrate judges for the federal court system in Idaho.

Dale began as a federal magistrate judge in March 2008. She was appointed chief U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Idaho that October and served until October 2015.

Bush began as a federal magistrate judge in September 2008. He became the chief U.S. magistrate judge in October 2015 and he will continue until October 2022.

Bush and Dale maintain their chambers in Boise but also conduct court in Coeur d’Alene, Pocatello and Moscow.

Federal magistrate judges:

▪ Preside over civil cases with the consent of the parties.

▪ Consider other civil case proceedings on referral from federal district judges.

▪ Conduct most preliminary proceedings in felony criminal cases.

▪ Preside over misdemeanor criminal cases.

▪ Manage the court’s role in the grand jury process.

▪ Preside over problem-solving courts to assist convicted criminal defendants in their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.

The reappointment of Bush and Dale followed a review process conducted by a panel to solicit public input and to assess the qualifications and past judicial work of each judge, and to make a recommendation to the U.S. district judges on whether reappointment was appropriate. The merit review panel unanimously recommended reappointment of both magistrates.

Dale’s second term begins in March, and Bush’s in September.