Hon. Chief G. Richard Bevan

Chief Justice G. Richard Bevan was born and raised in Twin Falls, graduating from Twin Falls High School in 1977. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from BYU, graduating in 1987 from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar that same year.

Chief Justice Bevan was a practicing attorney in Twin Falls for over sixteen years before his appointment to the bench by Governor Dirk Kempthorne in November 2003. He also served as Twin Falls County Prosecutor from 1993 to 1997 and was certified as a family and civil mediator in 1999, successfully mediating over 200 cases before becoming a judge.

While a practicing attorney, Chief Justice Bevan was elected President of the Fifth District Bar Association and served on a number of statewide law-related committees. He was the presiding judge of both the Fifth Judicial District Mental Health Court and the Veteran’s Treatment Court and for eight years was the Administrative District Judge for Idaho’s Fifth Judicial District. Chief Justice Bevan is presently the chair of the Idaho Supreme Court’s Drug and Mental Health Court Coordinating Committee and the Security Committee.

Chief Justice Bevan is a 2014 graduate of the National Center for State Courts Toll Fellowship Program, a national leadership training program located in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was involved in youth programs in Twin Falls for many years and is a past president and board member of the Magic Valley YFCA and the CARES advisory boards.

Chief Justice Bevan has been married to his wife, Pam for 39 years. They are the parents of five children engaged in various stages of adult life and the proud grandparents of ten.