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


Whenever the law or these rules require that a defendant be taken before a judge 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 judge either in person or by telephone conference or video teleconference in the discretion of the judge. The communication device must operate so that both the defendant and judge can see or hear each other simultaneously and converse with each other. Any additional hearings and proceedings may be conducted under this rule as deemed appropriate by the court. The audio of the telephone conference or video teleconference must be recorded by the court and the court must cause minutes of the hearing to be prepared and filed in the action.


(Adopted February 22, 2017, effective July 1, 2017.)

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Members of the
Idaho Supreme Court

Chief Justice G Richard Bevan
Justice Robyn M. Brody
Justice Gregory W. Moeller
Justice Colleen D. Zahn
Justice Cynthia K.C. Meyer

Members of the
Idaho Court of Appeals

Chief Judge David W. Gratton
Judge Molly J Huskey
Judge Jessica M. Lorello
Judge Michael P. Tribe



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