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Idaho Criminal Rule 43.1. Proceedings by Telephone Conference or Video Teleconference.

Whenever the law or these rules require that a defendant in a misdemeanor or felony case be taken before a district judge or magistrate for a first or subsequent appearance, bail hearing, arraignment and plea in a misdemeanor case, or arraignment and plea of not guilty in a felony case, this requirement can be satisfied by the defendant's appearance before a district judge or magistrate either in person or by telephone conference or video teleconference in the discretion of the district judge or magistrate. Such device must operate so that both the defendant and a district judge or magistrate can see or hear each other simultaneously and converse with each other. Such additional hearings and proceedings may be conducted under this rule as deemed appropriate by the court. The audio of the telephone conference, or video teleconferences shall be recorded by the court and the court shall cause minutes of the hearing to be prepared and filed in the action. 


(Adopted December 27, 1979, effective July 1, 1980; amended April 3, 1981, effective July 1, 1981; amended March 2, 2001, effective April 1, 2001.)


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Members of the
Idaho Supreme Court

Chief Justice Roger S. Burdick
Justice Daniel T. Eismann
Justice Warren E. Jones
Justice Joel D. Horton
Justice Robyn M. Brody

Members of the
Idaho Court of Appeals

Chief Judge David W. Gratton
Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez
Judge John M. Melanson
Judge Molly J. Huskey



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