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District of Idaho

Chief Judge David C. Nye

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Court Operations (1304)

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho as well as Probation and Pretrial announce operating with reduced staff.  For full details, please visit the COVID-19 Information section of this website. 

Anyone who is experiencing COVID like symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID within the last 10 days must report this to the Court Security Officers at the entrance to any courthouse. In general, masking will be in accordance with CDC guidance and whether masks are required in any individual courthouse is outlined below. Masks may be required during a jury trial. The jury administrator will communicate relevant guidance to prospective jurors. Please refer to General Order No. 412 for how the Court will operate during the different risk levels.
Current Level: Yellow
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: 50 Person Limitation
Masking: Optional
Coeur d'Alene
Current Level: Green
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: No Limitation
Masking: Optional
Current Level: Green
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: No Limitation
Masking: Optional
Federal Jury Service
Grand Jury Service
What is Grand Jury?

The Grand Jury is involved with matters of a criminal nature such as possession and distribution of controlled substances, use or unlawful possession of firearms, immigration, wire and other financial fraud, child pornography, environmental crimes, and bank robbery.

The Grand Jury performs an important function under our constitution - "Panel of the People" which stems from English common law and traces to the Magna Carta in 1215.  It is the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution that mandates that no person may be required to stand trial in federal court on a felony offense charge until an indictment is returned by a Grand Jury, unless that right is waived.

A Grand Jury, which normally consists of 16 to 23 members, has a more specialized function. The United States attorney, the prosecutor in federal criminal cases, presents evidence to the Grand Jury for them to consider in determining whether there is "probable cause" to believe that a crime has been committed by the individual to be charged. If the grand jury decides there is enough evidence, it will return an indictment against the defendant that is filed with the court. Grand Jury proceedings are not open for public observation.

Grand Jury Video

The Grand Jury video below will also be shown at jury selection. 

Federal Grand Jury Video

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