Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 77(b). Trials and Hearings.
All trials upon the merits of every court of justice shall be conducted in open court and so far as convenient in a regular courtroom; except that in an action for a divorce, annulment, criminal conversation, seduction, civil protection order or breach of promise of marriage, the court may exclude all persons from the courtroom except the officers of the court, the parties, their witnesses, and counsel, provided that in any cause the court may exclude witnesses as provided in the Idaho Rules of Evidence. All trials or hearings of any court held before a judge or magistrate assigned thereto, and all judgments and orders issued by such courts shall be deemed to have been done in open court regardless of the place held. In the discretion of the court, any hearing except a trial or evidentiary hearing may be held outside the county in which the action was filed or transferred for change of venue. By stipulation of the parties, a trial or evidentiary hearing may be held outside the county in which the action was filed or transferred for change of venue. A minute entry shall be made by the clerk of the court under the direction of the court of all court proceedings and filed in the official file of the action.
(Amended March 24, 1982, effective July 1, 1982; amended March 20, 1985, effective July 1, 1985; amended June 15, 2006, effective July 1, 2006.)