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New Litigation Tools to Fight Failure-to-Pay Warrants
Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Has a court imposed insurmountable fines and fees against your client?
Has your client been arrested on a warrant for unpaid court costs?
Do you want new tools to advocate for your clients and protect their rights?
Join the Fines & Fees Justice Center for a webinar as they discuss how a public defender in Idaho used an often-overlooked common law writ to get the state’s highest court to prohibit the unconstitutional imprisonment — even temporarily — of a client due to an inability to pay fines and fees.
This webinar is your opportunity to:
Hear from lawyers in the case of Beck v. Elmore County Magistrate Court, 489 P.3d 820 (ID 2021) and learn how a writ of prohibition enabled the Idaho Supreme Court to issue a powerful rebuke on the state’s practice of using warrants as a mechanism for initiating contempt or failure-to-pay investigations.
Discuss the constitutional implications of the case that can resonate in other states.
See how trial attorneys and advocates can use the ruling in other contexts to challenge fines and fees more broadly.
Orion Danjuma – Amicus Curiae in Beck v. Elmore County
Lisa Foster– Co-Director, Fines & Fees Justice Center, Amicus Curiae in Beck v. Elmore County
Pete Wood – Elmore County (Idaho) Office of the Public Defender, chief litigant in Beck v. Elmore County