39-6306A. Uniform interstate enforcement of domestic violence protection orders act
(1) Short Title. This section may be cited as the “Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act.”
(2) Definitions. As used in this section:
(a) “Issuing state” means the state whose tribunal issues a protection
(b) “Mutual foreign protection order” means a foreign protection order
that includes provisions in favor of both the protected individual seeking
enforcement of the order and the respondent.
(c) “Protected individual” means an individual protected by a protection
(d) “State” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands or any territory or insular
possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. The term
includes an Indian tribe or band that has jurisdiction to issue protection
(e) “Tribunal” means a court, agency, or other entity authorized by law
to issue or modify a protection order.
(3) Judicial Enforcement of Order.
(a) A person authorized by the law of this state to seek enforcement of a
protection order may seek enforcement of a valid foreign protection order
in a tribunal of this state. The tribunal shall enforce the terms of the
order, including terms that provide relief that a tribunal of this state
would lack power to provide but for this section. The tribunal shall
enforce the order, whether the order was obtained by independent action or in another proceeding, if it is an order issued in response to a
complaint, petition or motion filed by or on behalf of an individual
seeking protection. In a proceeding to enforce a foreign protection order,
the tribunal shall follow the procedures of this state for the enforcement
of protection orders.
(b) A tribunal of this state may not enforce a foreign protection order
issued by a tribunal of a state that does not recognize the standing of a
protected individual to seek enforcement of the order.
(c) A tribunal of this state shall enforce the provisions of a valid
foreign protection order which govern custody and visitation if the order
was issued in accordance with the jurisdictional requirements governing
the issuance of custody and visitation orders in the issuing state.
(d) A foreign protection order is valid if it:
(i) Identifies the protected individual and the respondent;
(ii) Is currently in effect;
(iii) Was issued by a tribunal that had jurisdiction over the parties and subject matter under the law of the issuing state; and
(iv) Was issued after the respondent was given reasonable notice and had an opportunity to be heard before the tribunal issued the order or, in the case of an order ex parte, the respondent was given notice and has had or will have an opportunity to be heard within a reasonable time after the order was issued, in a manner consistent with the rights of the respondent to due process.
(e) A foreign protection order valid on its face is prima facie evidence
of its validity.
(f) Absence of any of the criteria for validity of a foreign protection
order is an affirmative defense in an action seeking enforcement of the
(g) A tribunal of this state may enforce provisions of a mutual foreign
protection order which favor a respondent only if:
(i) The respondent filed a written pleading seeking a protection order from the tribunal of the issuing state; and
(ii) The tribunal of the issuing state made specific findings in favor of the respondent.
(4) Nonjudicial Enforcement of Order.
(a) A law enforcement officer of this state, upon determining that there
is probable cause to believe that a valid foreign protection order exists
and that the order has been violated, shall enforce the order as if it
were the order of a tribunal of this state. Presentation of a foreign
protection order that identifies both the protected individual and the
respondent and, on its face, is currently in effect constitutes probable
cause to believe that a valid foreign protection order exists. For the
purposes of this subsection, the foreign protection order may be inscribed on a tangible medium or may have been stored in an electronic or other medium if it is retrievable in perceivable form. Presentation of a
certified copy of a foreign protection order is not required for
(b) If a foreign protection order is not presented, a law enforcement
officer of this state may consider other information in determining
whether there is probable cause to believe that a valid foreign protection
(c) If a law enforcement officer of this state determines that an
otherwise valid foreign protection order cannot be enforced because the
respondent has not been notified or served with the order, the officer
shall inform the respondent of the order, make a reasonable effort to
serve the order upon the respondent, and allow the respondent a reasonable
opportunity to comply with the order before enforcing the order.
(d) Registration or filing of an order in this state is not required for
the enforcement of a valid foreign protection order pursuant to this
(5) Registration of Order.
(a) Any individual may register a foreign protection order in this state
pursuant to section 39-6311, Idaho Code. To register a foreign protection order, an individual shall present a copy of a protection order which has been certified by the issuing state to a court of this state in order to be entered in the Idaho law enforcement telecommunications system pursuant to section 39-6311, Idaho Code.
(b) An individual registering a foreign protection order shall file with
the court an affidavit by the protected individual stating that, to the
best of the protected individual’s knowledge, the order is currently in
(c) A fee may not be charged for the registration of a foreign protection
(d) A foreign protection order registered under this section may be
entered in any existing state or federal registry of protection orders, in
accordance with applicable law.
(6) Immunity. This state or a local governmental agency, or a law enforcement officer, prosecuting attorney, clerk of court, or any state or local governmental official acting in an official capacity, is immune from civil and criminal liability for an act or omission arising out of the registration or enforcement of a foreign protection order or the detention or arrest of an alleged violator of a foreign protection order if the act or
omission was done in good faith in an effort to comply with this section.
(7) Uniformity of Application and Construction. In applying and construing this section, consideration shall be given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to its subject matter among states that enact it.
(8) Transitional Provision. This section applies to foreign protection orders issued before July 1, 2002, and to continuing actions for enforcement of foreign protection orders commenced before July 1, 2002. A request for enforcement of a foreign protection order made on or after July 1, 2002, for violations of a foreign protection order occurring before that date is governed by this section.