James C. Herndon

Judge James C. Herndon

Judge Herndon grew up in Salmon, Idaho where he graduated valedictorian. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism of the University of Idaho, and later his Juris Doctor Degree.

After his father’s untimely death, Judge Herndon took over his father’s law practice in Salmon where he served for 20 years, conducting general civil and criminal law practice with an emphasis on litigation. During this time, Herndon also served as Lemhi County Prosecuting Attorney from 1969-1973 and from 1983-1985, representing Lemhi County in all civil and criminal matters.

Judge Herndon was elected to the District Court bench in 1987 and served as a trial judge in Idaho’s Seventh Judicial District until December 31, 2006. In 1991, Judge Herndon accepted the position of Administrative District Judge for the Seventh Judicial District of the State of Idaho, a position he held 14 years, until retirement. Judge Herndon also served as a “pro-tem” judge from time to time and is an experienced mediator.

Areas of Expertise

During his years as a private practitioner, the types of law Judge Herndon practiced included:

  • Title and Real Estate
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Water and Mining Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Statutory Districts (Water and Sewer)
  • Irrigation and Fire Protection Districts
  • Personal Injury
  • Probates
  • A limited amount of Social Security and Bankruptcy
  • Some practice before the Department of Interior Land Appeals Board.

As Prosecuting Attorney, he:

  • Advised and represented all county officials and agencies including:
  • □     Planning and Zoning

    □     Airport Board

    □     Fair Board

  • Prosecuted all criminal and juvenile matters of the county

As a Judge, he helped establish:

  • Mental Health and Drug Courts in seven counties in the Seventh Judicial District, including:
  • □     Adult Misdemeanor

    □     Felony

    □     Juvenile and Child Protection Drug Courts

As a Mediator, he:

  • Mediated cases for other judges
  • Pioneered Mediation as we know it via the “Settlement Week” he held in the mid 1980’s

Accomplishments and Awards

  • 40-hour Mediation Course at the University of Idaho
  • Attended the 2009 program sponsored by the Idaho Mediation Association
  • Continued to mediate cases since leaving the bench
  • Acted as a master in construction cases
  • Acted as an arbitrator
  • Idaho Bar Association Outstanding Service Award
  • Jaycees Outstanding Service Award.


  • Idaho Bar Association
  • Seventh District Bar Association
  • Idaho District Judges Association (Past President)
  • Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (Supreme Court Committee)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force (Governor’s Committee)
  • Trial Court Financing Committee (Supreme Court Committee)
  • Courts/Media Committee (Supreme Court Committee)
  • Eagle Rock Inns of Court
  • University of Idaho College of Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta

Business Associations

  • North Idaho Chamber of Commerce (Past President)
  • Salmon Chamber of Commerce (Past Director)
  • Salmon Rotary Club (Past Director)
  • Blackfoot Rotary Club
  • Trustee of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation (A national medical charity for eye care and research)


  • Judge Herndon was married to Tommye Low Herndon
  • They have five children and 15 grandchildren
  • He belongs to the Masonic and Elks Lodges, and Rotary International
  • He is active in church and this community

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