Idaho Court Rules People Have Right to a Jury Trial for Evictions
On July 20, an Ada County judge ruled that Idaho tenants have a right to a jury trial in eviction proceedings, a reversal of law that has been on the Idaho books since 1996.
“This is a constitutional right for people facing evictions,” said ACLU-Idaho Legal Director Ritchie Eppink, “and because jury trials won’t happen now until October [because of the pandemic], they can now wait on the eviction.”
Idaho already had a housing crisis before the pandemic, and Idaho Legal Aid services have already seen double the need from this time last year. People who face eviction can now contact the housing rights hotline at Legal Aid to learn how to request a hearing because people won’t receive a hearing without making a request.