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Pro Hac Vice

The right to practice law in Idaho is governed by the Idaho Supreme Court. Generally, this requires admittance to the Idaho bar and a license to practice law. One exception to the rule is pro hac vice admission, which in Latin means “for this occasion or particular purpose.” The term typically refers to an attorney who has not been admitted to practice law in a certain jurisdiction but who is admitted in such jurisdiction temporarily for the purpose of participating in a particular case. Stated differently, pro hac vice admission permits an attorney from a foreign jurisdiction to practice law in Idaho for a particular case.

Because appeals before the Idaho Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) are legal proceedings, an out-of-state attorney seeking to represent a party is required to file a motion requesting pro hac vice admission.

Pro hac vice admission is governed by Idaho Bar Commission Rule 227(i), which provides, “[i]n agency proceedings in Idaho, the agency may, using the same standards and procedures as a court, admit an eligible out-of-state attorney who has been retained to appear as counsel in that proceeding pro hac vice.”

An out-of-state attorney seeking pro hac vice admission must file a motion with the BTA according to the standards and requirements detailed in Idaho Bar Commission Rule 227. Please note, filing a motion for pro hac vice admission does not guarantee the motion will be granted.

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