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District of Idaho

Clerk of Court Stephen W. Kenyon

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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 and pro se email filing links, 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. Masks are required of all visitors and must be worn at all times while in the courthouse, this includes in court. All staff are required to wear masks while in public spaces at the courthouse.
Boise
Current Level: High Risk
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: 15 People
Coeur d'Alene
Current Level: High Risk
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: 15 People
Pocatello
Current Level: High Risk
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: 15 People
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2022 Civics Contest
2022 Civics Contest

The First Amendment and the Schoolhouse Gate: Students' Free Speech Rights

 

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ….”  But how does this constitutional right apply to students?

More than 50 years ago, the United States Supreme Court said that students do not “shed their
constitutional rights to freedom of speech and expression at the schoolhouse gate” – but it also has said that students’ rights are not the same as “rights of adults in other settings.” Decades later, the internet and social media allow students to express themselves in many different ways in addition to banners and symbolic clothing, with greater reach and impact than in the past.

The 2022 District of Idaho/Ninth Circuit Civics Contest asks students to address:  What are students' free speech rights -- and responsibilities -- on and off campus?

Participants are asked to consider what rights the First Amendment provides to students engaging in free speech – both inside and outside of school. Participants should also consider the responsibilities, if any, that students, schools, or the government have with respect to speech by students, including whether it may cause harm to others. Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words. Individuals or teams of up to three students can produce a 3-5 minute video on the theme. A student may submit both an essay and a video, but only one of each.


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