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On Seating and Livestream for Monday’s Hearing in State v. Daybell

*** UPDATE***
Earlier today, the court advised that opening statements in State v. Daybell are expected to begin on Wednesday, April 10, at approximately 8:30 a.m. MT at the Ada County Courthouse.



Seating reservations for Wednesday for the trial courtroom will open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9. Reservation requests can be made through the link on this website.


Opening statements will also be streamed live through Judge Boyce’s YouTube page. Please note that there is no overflow room at the courthouse.


As of this moment, no hearings in this case are expected to take place on Tuesday.


For questions about court access or trial procedures, please visit the website linked above or email [email protected].


On Monday, April 8, court will convene at 10 a.m. MT for the sole purpose of allowing the parties in State v. Daybell to exercise their peremptory challenges and select the final jury for trial.

A peremptory challenge is the ability for the parties to excuse a potential juror from serving on the case without the need to give a reason. Both parties are given a certain number of peremptory challenges as described in Idaho Criminal Rule 24.

For this process on Monday, all jurors who advanced through last week’s jury selection hearings will be present in the courtroom. Given the seating limitations this creates, the court on Friday afternoon issued an order (linked here) addressing access specifically for Monday’s proceedings.


The order states that people who reserved seats for Monday’s hearing using the court’s reservation system will have seating available. Any remaining seats in the courtroom will be offered for public access on a first-come, first-served basis.


“[H]owever, in order to seat the prospective panel while ensuring the panel is not broadcast nor captured via video or photographic transmission, there will be no livestream of this hearing,” the order states.


This order applies only to Monday’s proceedings.


The courtroom on Monday is expected to open at 9:45 a.m. The process around the peremptory challenges is expected to take about an hour. Once the final jury is selected, the court session will be over for the day.


Information on opening statements in the trial will be provided once it is available.


For questions about court access or trial procedures, please visit or email [email protected].


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