Judge Melissa Moody
Judge Melissa Moody is the Administrative District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District in Idaho. She handles civil matters over $10,000 and felony criminal cases. Before being appointed to the bench by Governor Otter in 2012, Judge Moody worked as a criminal prosecutor at the city, county, and state levels, including handling criminal appeals. During her time as the Lead Deputy Attorney General for the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, she taught criminal law, laws of arrest, and use of force at the Police Office Standards Training Academy in Meridian.
Judge Moody spent a year working for the American Bar Association as a criminal legal specialist in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. She taught trial advocacy, assisted in drafting the Georgian Criminal Code, conducted trainings in domestic violence and human trafficking, and facilitated the first domestic violence survey in Georgia.
In addition to her experience in criminal law, Judge Moody also spent several years working in the civil litigation division of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office.