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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. 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: Required
Coeur d'Alene
Current Level: Green
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: No Limitation
Masking: Optional
Current Level: Green
Courthouse: Open
Gatherings: No Limitation
Masking: Optional
Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye
Scheduling Conferences
Scheduling Conference Procedures

Scheduling Conference Procedures

Chief Judge Nye’s scheduling conferences are held by telephone, unless the case is very complex. The Judge tries to participate in scheduling conferences, but his calendar often makes that impossible. In his absence, the scheduling conference will be conducted by the law clerk assigned to the case. Each party must complete a litigation plan and a discovery plan and file it with the Court at least one week prior to the scheduling conference.  In completing the litigation plan and the discovery plan, Judge Nye expects that the parties will follow these guidelines:


  • The parties are encouraged to stipulate to the deadlines and file one litigation plan.
  • The litigation plan should contain specific dates rather than a length of time.
  • The litigation plan should be accompanied by a jointly-developed discovery plan which complies with Rule 26(f)(3) – including a proposal for the handling of ESI.
  • The litigation plan and the discovery plan should reflect the parties’ and the Court’s goal of “secur[ing] the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination” of the case.  Fed.R.Civ.P. 1. 

Once the deadlines have been established at the scheduling conference, Judge Nye is very reluctant to grant continuances from those deadlines – particularly as to the dispositive motion deadline. 

In complex cases, Judge Nye routinely schedules monthly status conferences with the attorneys.  The agenda for those conferences is generally developed by the attorneys and is intended to keep the case on track and deal with any issue which may prevent the case from being resolved within the time frame set by the litigation plan. In less complex cases, the Judge may set one or more status conferences at intervals appropriate to the case.

The Court's litigation plan and discovery plan may be found HERE.

Applicable Rules - Scheduling

Scheduling Conferences and Litigation Plans:  Dist. Idaho L. Rule 16.1

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