Idaho Supreme Court says parents have standing to sue over fees for full-day kindergarten

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Monday, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an opinion on standing in the case of Gifford v. West Ada Joint School District #2, in which plaintiffs question the constitutionality of charging fees for full-day kindergarten. The opinion doesn’t rule on the constitutionality of the fees, remanding the case back toContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court says parents have standing to sue over fees for full-day kindergarten”

Idaho Supreme Court hears execution procedure arguments in death row case

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Monday, the Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Gerald Pizzuto Jr., who narrowly avoided execution this summer. Pizzuto, 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in Idaho County. Pizzuto’s attorneyContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears execution procedure arguments in death row case”

Legal fees over ballot initiative bill will cost taxpayers over $150,000

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a citizen’s advocacy group prevailed at the Idaho Supreme Court this year, Idaho taxpayers will pick up the tab for legal fees. The Constitutional Defense Council met Monday to discuss approving funding for the legal expenses accrued after they lost a lawsuit revolving around a ballot initiative bill thatContinue reading “Legal fees over ballot initiative bill will cost taxpayers over $150,000”

Upcoming SCOTUS case could reshape Idaho abortion law

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the bench for a “blockbuster” 2021 term, and one case in particular could have major impacts on abortion in Idaho. The case is a challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey precedent that a person has the constitutional right to terminateContinue reading “Upcoming SCOTUS case could reshape Idaho abortion law”

Idaho Supreme Court deems voter initiative bill unconstitutional, strikes new requirements

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court issued an opinion Monday ruling that a bill passed by the Idaho Legislature on voter ballot initiatives is unconstitutional.  The case was brought by Reclaim Idaho, the same group that successfully campaigned to place Medicaid Expansion on the ballot in 2018, and the Committee to ProtectContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court deems voter initiative bill unconstitutional, strikes new requirements”

Idaho courts pilot online eviction negotiations in Ada County as moratorium ends July 31

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As the national pandemic moratorium on eviction ends July 31, the Idaho Supreme Court announced the use of a new tool to help landlords and tenants settle disputes in Ada County. The moratorium on eviction was put in place when the pandemic began, largely to avoid crowding people into congregateContinue reading “Idaho courts pilot online eviction negotiations in Ada County as moratorium ends July 31”

Idaho Judicial Council submits three finalists, all women, for Supreme Court vacancy

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The Idaho Judicial Council announced on Wednesday the finalists to replace retiring Justice Roger Burdick. The finalists are: Jessica M. Lorello of Meridian, a judge on the Idaho Court of AppealsDiane M. Walker also of Meridian, a magistrate judge in the Fourth Judicial DistrictColleen D. Zahn of Boise, an IdahoContinue reading “Idaho Judicial Council submits three finalists, all women, for Supreme Court vacancy”

Idaho Supreme Court sets the stage for public defense fight

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports The battleground has been set for a future trial to determine the constitutionality of Idaho’s public defense system. On Thursday, the Idaho Supreme Court released its unanimous opinion on Tucker v. Idaho, which set guidelines for a trial on the merits. The Tucker opinion is the latest in a longContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court sets the stage for public defense fight”

Idaho Supreme Court rules custody not required to change a child’s name.

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports Parents do not need to have custody of their children to change their name according to a new Idaho Supreme Court Decision. On Wednesday, the Idaho Supreme Court released its opinion on Hayes v. Medioli. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of Massimo Medioli, allowing him to change his son’sContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court rules custody not required to change a child’s name.”

Court rejects effort to “radically expand the scope” of the Idaho Constitution in regards to municipal funding.

By Devon Downey, Idaho Reports On Tuesday, the Court released their opinion on Hoffman v. City of Boise unanimously ruling in favor of the city and finding that two city ordinances passed to create urban renewal districts were constitutional.  The case involved two ordinances passed by the City of Boise in 2018 which created theContinue reading “Court rejects effort to “radically expand the scope” of the Idaho Constitution in regards to municipal funding.”