On Friday November 3, 2017, the Third Judicial District Magistrates Commission selected David Brent Eames of Nampa, Idaho as the new Magistrate Judge in Washington County to fill the vacancy being created by the retirement of the Honorable Gregory F. Frates on December 31, 2017.   The Commission selected Mr. Eames from an original field of eight applicants, seven of whom were interviewed at a meeting of the Magistrates Commission in Weiser, Idaho on November 30, 2017.

Mr. Eames received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Boise State University in 2000 and his law degree from the University of Idaho College Of Law in 2003.  Since 2005, Mr. Eames has been a deputy prosecuting attorney in the office of the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney.  During his time in the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Eames has handled a wide variety of matters including advising elected officials, officers and employees on civil matters since January 2016.  Prior to his practice in the civil division of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Mr. Eames spent 10 years as a criminal prosecutor where his duties included handling a large felony caseload, acting as the prosecutor for Veterans Treatment Court, and acting as the chief of the Child Protection and Mental Health Commitment Unit.  Prior to his employment with the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Mr. Eames practiced law alongside his father, W. Brent Eames, in the Eames Law Office, Rexburg, Idaho where he handled many types of cases, including divorce, child custody, bankruptcy, general civil and criminal litigation. “Mr. David Eames was an excellent selection from a field of highly qualified candidates.  He has extensive experience the type of matters addressed in Magistrate Court.  I am confident that he will serve the citizens of the Third Judicial District and Washington County very well,” said Third District Administrative Judge Bradly S. Ford, Chairman of the Magistrates Commission.

Mr. Eames will begin his judicial duties on January 1, 2018 in Washington County.