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Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 7(b)(5). Video teleconferencing for mental commitment hearings.

Hearings concerning an initial involuntary mental commitment or a continuing involuntary commitment may be conducted by video teleconference via simultaneous electronic transmission under the following conditions:

(1)  The proposed patient must be visible and audible to the court and others physically present in the courtroom.


(2)  A proposed patient who is represented by counsel must be able to consult privately with counsel during the proceeding.


(3)  The court, proposed patient, counsel from both sides, and any witness while testifying, must be visible and audible with each other simultaneously and have the ability to communicate with each other during the proceeding.


The audio of the video teleconference shall be recorded by the court and the court shall cause minutes of the hearing to be prepared and filed in the action.


(Amended effective April 29, 2013, effective July 1, 2013.)

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Members of the
Idaho Supreme Court

Chief Justice Roger S. Burdick
Justice Joel D. Horton
Justice Robyn M. Brody
Justice G. Richard Bevan

Members of the
Idaho Court of Appeals

Chief Judge David W. Gratton
Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez
Judge Molly J. Huskey
Judge Jessica M. Lorello



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