Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Damian M. Idiart to the position of Jackson County Justice of the Peace, filling a vacancy created by the election of the prior Justice of the Peace, Joseph M. Charter, to the Jackson County Circuit Court. The Justice of the Peace serves as the Judge in the Jackson County Justice Court, which handles primarily traffic matters and provides many community members with their first experience with the justice system. Mr. Idiart’s appointment is effective December 5, 2020.
“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, an attorney in Jackson County, is a longtime owner/shareholder of Idiart Law Group. He has served for more than 15 years as a Pro Tem Judge in the Jackson County Justice Court, and has also served as a Pro Tem Judge in the Medford Municipal Court and the Ashland Municipal Court, and as an arbitrator for the Jackson County Circuit Court. Idiart previously served on the Central Point Planning Commission. He 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. 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.