• Latah County Court Operations per Directives from Idaho Supreme Court

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    March 18, 2020
    March 17, 2020
    PRESS RELEASE

    In response to directives from the Idaho Supreme Court and the Administrative District Judge for the Second Judicial District, the following restrictions shall apply to all court operations in Latah County effective immediately:

    Personal, face-to-face contact with the Courts and Court personnel is restricted to individuals who have not visited any high-risk COVID-19 countries (including, without limitation, China, Iran, South Korea, any European country) within the previous 14 days and

    • Have not resided with or been in close contact with someone who has been in any of these countries within the previous 14 days, and
    • Have not traveled domestically within the United States where COVID-19 has sustained widespread community transmission, and
    • Have not been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, and
    • Have not been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and
    • Do not currently have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
    Everyone who has business with the Court should attempt to conduct such business via electronic means such as telephone or e-mail. All reasonable steps should be taken to avoid any physical presence in the courthouse unless required by law.

    IF YOU HAVE A COURT DATE BETWEEN NOW AND APRIL 10, 2020, YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR ATTORNEY TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU NEED TO APPEAR. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ATTORNEY, YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE CLERK OF THE COURT PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED APPEARANCE DATE. IN AN EMERGENCY (SUCH AS AN APPLICATION FOR A PROTECTION ORDER), YOU MAY CONTACT THE COURT; IDEALLY, BY ELECTRONIC MEANS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.

    During this period of restrictions, members of the general public, family, friends, etc. will not be permitted in courtrooms. Only essential court participants will be allowed in the courtrooms unless otherwise authorized by the presiding judge.

    In addition to the above, the Latah County jail has suspended all visitation. Telephone and U.S. Mail communication is still available.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk of the Court at 208-883-2255. The community challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus are everchanging and these restrictions are likewise subject to change with or without notice as necessary.