Idaho may strip Supreme Court Justices of power to authorize arrest warrants by telegraph

With e-ticking, e-filing, and e-everything becoming commonplace it courts, it sometimes takes some time to adjust statutes to the new realities. That appears to be the case in Idaho, where current statute provides for warrants of arrest to served by telegraph:

A justice of the Supreme Court or probate judge may, by an indorsement under his hand upon a warrant of arrest, authorize the service thereof by telegraph, and thereafter a telegraphic copy of such warrant may be sent by telegraph to one or more peace officers, and such copy is as effectual in the hands of any officer, and he must proceed in the same manner under it as though he held an original warrant issued by the magistrate making the indorsement.

Probate courts in the state were eliminated decades ago, making the provision even more anachronistic.

Under SB 1272, the statute would be changed to read as follows:

A warrant of arrest may be sent by telegraph telecommunication process or facsimile process to one (1) or more  peace officers and a copy of a warrant sent in such manner is as effectual in the hands of any officer, and he must proceed in the same manner under it as though he held an original warrant.

The bill is currently pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.