Friday, August 18, 2006

Wood re-elected as administrative judge

Judge Barry Wood has been re-elected by fellow judges as 5th District Court administrative district judge. Express file photo.

Judge Barry Wood has been re-elected by his peers to serve another three years as Idaho 5th Judicial District administrative district judge.

Wood has been a frequent courtroom presence in Blaine County, most recently presiding over hearings for convicted Bellevue murder Sarah M. Johnson and hearing the civil case concerning the funding plan for the proposed new county law enforcement center.

Wood's new term of office as administrative district judge starts Jan. 1, 2007.

Wood was a magistrate judge in Lincoln County from 1978 through 1994. He was appointed a district judge in 1995 serving in Gooding County. He was first elected in 1996 by other district judges to serve as administrative district judge.

By appointment from the Idaho Supreme Court, Wood served as presiding judge over the Snake River Basin Adjudication, a water rights litigation, from 1999 through 2000.

He was again elected to serve as administrative district judge in 2003 when the position was vacated by Judge Roger Burdick, who was appointed to the Idaho Supreme Court.

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