MEDFORD, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown announced on Tuesday that she has filled the vacancy on Jackson County's Justice Court, appointing local attorney Damian Idiart to become Justice of the Peace.
Brown began looking for a new judge in August, after Justice Court judge Joe Charter beat Circuit Court Judge in the May election, leaving a vacancy.
The Justice of the Peace serves as the judge in Jackson County's Justice Court, which largely handles traffic citations. Idiart's appointment to the position becomes effective December 5.
“Damian Idiart’s longtime work as a lawyer and Pro Tem Judge in this community makes him ideally suited to take on the position of Justice of the Peace,” said Governor Brown. “His deep experience, in addition to his balanced and fair-minded approach, will serve Jackson County’s justice system well.”
Idiart is currently an attorney and the owner of Idiart Law Group in Central Point, which specializes in personal injury and immigration cases. Brown's office says that Idiart has served for more than 15 years as a Pro Tem Judge in the Jackson County Justice Court, with similar stints in the Medford and Ashland municipal courts. He has also worked as an arbitrator for the Jackson County Circuit Court.
Idiart grew up in California, attended college at Brigham Young University in Utah, and earned his law degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law.
"Active in his community, Idiart has volunteered with CASA, as a Boy Scouts of America Counselor, and on the boards of directors for La Clinica del Valle and Jr. Comet Sports," Brown's office said. "He is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Jackson County Bar Association. Idiart speaks English and Spanish, which will help to make the Justice Court a more accessible place for the entire community."