BOISE -- Idaho courts hope to add three new judges, to help keep up with growing caseloads.

Courts administrator Patti Tobias won introduction of her measure Monday in the House Judiciary & Rules Committee.

It would create new judge posts in Canyon County, Ada County and Jefferson County.

The state funds judge salaries, but counties are responsible for paying other, court-related costs.

Tobias says she has written agreement from counties due a new judge to pay their share of the expenses, should the Idaho Legislature go along.

Since 2000, Tobias says court personnel has grown only about 6 percent, while the populations of Canyon, Ada and Jefferson counties have far surpassed that rate.

Republican Rep. Janet Trujillo of Idaho Falls says she's very supportive of adding a new judge in her region.

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