How does COVID-19 affect my court date?

On May 20, 2021, the Idaho Supreme Court entered an Order allowing an assigned judge the discretion to hold proceedings in person or remotely, subject to certain conditions. In the First District, an administrative Order was entered on May 25, 2021, directing that many hearings will return to being in person beginning in June. For more details, please follow the links to read the Orders in their entirety.

 

 

February 3, 2021, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an Order regarding the commencement of jury trials and grand jury impanelment in the State of Idaho. Jury trials and impaneling of a grand jury commenced March 1, 2021, subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in that Order. Those conditions are largely based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in any given county. Many hearing still continue via the Zoom platform. For more information regarding Zoom, please continue reading.

Background:

 

On April 22, 2020, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an Order limiting access to court facilities effective May 1, 2020. 

On December 14, 2020, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an Order suspending jury trials indefinitely. This order was to be reconsidered no later than March 1, 2021.

Other hearings (sentencing, arraignments, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearing status conferences, etc.) will be presumed to be held remotely. 

 

In many instances, these hearings are being conducted via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both. Even if you do not have an internet-capable device, you can utilize Zoom by calling in from your phone.

It is important to understand that the restrictions or inconvenience associated with COVID-19 will not automatically excuse noncompliance with court orders to report for a presentence investigation or submit to urinalysis testing as a condition of release on bond. If you are experiencing difficulty due to COVID-19 that you think justifies your excusal from certain requirements, you should talk with your lawyer before you decide how to proceed.

If you are a current client with questions about your court date, please call us at (208) 930-1300.

For list of best practices and technical information about remote hearings, please go to https://isc.idaho.qov/isc-zoom.

For more information on the Supreme Court of Idaho's response to COVID-19, please click here.