Why the Idaho Press Club is suing Ada County

BOISE, Idaho — If a government agency in Idaho violates the Idaho Public Records Law, there’s only one thing you can do: Go to court.

Under the law, that’s the “sole remedy.” You get a lawyer and file a lawsuit.

It doesn’t happen often, and it’s obvious why not: Getting a lawyer and going to court is a costly and difficult proposition. But it’s happening right now, with the Idaho Press Club suing Ada County over repeated violations of the law, citing four separate instances since February involving multiple Idaho journalists from multiple news organizations.