ABA Task Force Launches Informational Website on COVID-19

In response to the many legal issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bar Association has created a Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic. To view the article click here.
The website can be found at: americanbar.org/coronavirustaskforce.

Idaho Supreme Court Supplemental Order Re: Time Limit for Service of Summons

The Idaho Supreme Court has issued a Supplemental Order regarding the time limit for service of summons. Please read the full Order linked below.

Supplemental Order Re: Time Limit for Service of Summons

Comments Sought on Proposed Idaho Juvenile Rules

Comments Sought on Proposed “New” Idaho Juvenile Rules for Child Protective Act Cases

The Idaho Supreme Court’s Child Protection Committee is seeking input on proposed new Idaho Juvenile Rules regarding Protective Orders in Child Protective Act cases and Discovery for Adjudicatory Hearings, as well as amendments to Idaho Juvenile Rule 42 regarding extended home visits.

A copy of the proposed changes can be found on the Court’s website. Please send your comments to Deena Layne by April 14, 2020.


Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to Idaho Juvenile Rule 16, Expanding a Juvenile Corrections Act Proceeding to a Child Protective Act Proceeding

The Idaho Supreme Court’s Child Protection Committee and Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee is seeking input on proposed amendments to Idaho Juvenile Rule 16 regarding expansions of Juvenile Corrections Act cases to Child Protective Act Cases.

A copy of the proposed changes can be found on the Court’s website. Please send your comments to Deena Layne by April 14, 2020.

Idaho Lawyer Assistance Program Here for You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ABA COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

Idaho attorneys and judges can experience isolation and stress under normal circumstances due to the nature of our profession. The additional challenges we now face with the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter-in-place orders and lack of in-person interaction with others can be particularly acute for those already vulnerable to substance abuse or other wellness concerns.

It is now more important than ever to remember that the Idaho Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) provides support for lawyers and judges who experience problems associated with anxiety and depression, in addition to substance abuse.

Idaho LAP focuses on educating legal professionals and their family and friends about the causes, effects, and treatment of depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems, in addition to alcohol and drug dependency. Idaho judges and attorneys volunteer their time to the Idaho LAP to assist those experiencing these issues through the appropriate resources. Idaho LAP volunteers are familiar with the special challenges faced by lawyers and judges and can match those experiencing problems with volunteers in their community who can provide peer assistance and ongoing support.

For more information or for help for you or a colleague, please call (208) 891-4726 or our 24-Hour Hotline at (866) 460-9014. Additional information can be found on the Idaho LAP website linked below.

All information provided to the Idaho LAP is 100% confidential and will not be reported to the Idaho State Bar.

Press Release: Federal Courthouses in Idaho Closed

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho have announced that the federal courthouses in Idaho will be closed through April 15, 2020 in compliance with Governor Little’s “stay-in-place” order.

Please read the full press release linked below:

Press Release: Federal Courthouses in Idaho Closed

Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers re: COVID-19

The Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has composed a letter addressing concerns regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and how it is affecting the criminal justice system and incarcerated people in Idaho. Please read the full letter below.

Letter from IACDL re: COVID-19