Crime/Courts
Branstad issues statement on positive identification of Evansdale girls PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Crime/Courts
Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:01

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today issued the following statement upon learning the bodies of Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 11, and Elizabeth Collins, 9, were positively identified today. The girls disappeared July 13 while on a bike ride.

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the deaths of Lyric and Elizabeth. I want to commend the thousands of family members, friends and volunteers who never lost hope that they might be found alive. With this closure now comes great grief. The thoughts and prayers of my administration go out to those affected by this terrible tragedy. I want to assure everyone that our Department of Public Safety will continue working with local law enforcement officers. We want justice served for the taking of these young lives.”

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Supreme Court Appoints Committee to Review Expanded Media Coverage Rules PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Crime/Courts
Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Friday, 07 December 2012 15:49

Des Moines, December 7, 2012— Today, the Iowa Supreme Court appointed a committee to review the Expanded Media Coverage (EMC) Rules that allow audio and video recording and photography of courtroom procedures. The EMC Rules were first approved by the supreme court in 1979 and have been slightly modified since that time.

 

"As a district judge I enjoyed a good relationship with the members of the media covering high profile trials," Iowa Supreme Court Justice and Committee Chair Bruce Zager said. "Working with radio, television and print media was a collaborative effort that generally worked well. Today, judges and court staff are faced with requests from the media to use new technology in the courtroom such as laptops and smartphones for blogging and twitter. Those types of technologies and media are not specifically addressed in current rules which can cause some confusion in implementing the EMC Rules. The efforts of this committee will help both members of the media and members of the court navigate through media requests unheard of 10 years ago."

 

Prior to 1979, recording equipment and cameras were only allowed in the courtroom for ceremonial proceedings or educational purposes. The rules were changed because of the improvement in equipment and procedures used by the media and the desire of the supreme court for the judicial branch to be more open and accessible to the public. The EMC rules were first approved for a one year pilot period. The first trial covered under EMC Rules was a first degree murder trial in Black Hawk County, in 1980. The rules were made permanent after a successful pilot period.

 

"Most Iowans do not have the time to attend court proceedings, so they depend upon the media to keep them informed of the work of the courts," Justice Zager said. "For more than 30 years, the courts have worked with the media to allow audio and video coverage to the fullest extent possible without impinging the rights of litigants to a fair trial."

 

The Expanded Media Coverage Rules Committee members are:

Honorable Bruce Zager, Supreme Court Justice, Waterloo, Chair

Honorable Robert Hanson, District Judge, Des Moines

Honorable Christine Dalton, District Associate Judge, Davenport

Kent Wirth, District Court Administrator, Council Bluffs

Jennifer Miller, Marshall County Attorney, Marshalltown

Gregg Jones, Woodbury County Public Defender, Sioux City

Elaine Fehseke Gray, Attorney, Fort Madison

O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa, Des Moines

Peggy Senzarino, Mason City Globe Gazette, Mason City

Amanda Lewis, KCCI-TV News, Des Moines

Zack Kucharski, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal, Sioux City

Nancy Raffensperger Newhoff, Waterloo Courier, Waterloo

Kathy Richardson, Iowa Freedom of Information Council, Des Moines

Steve Davis, Court Liaison, Des Moines

 

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Proposed New Rule for Iowa Court Rules PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Crime/Courts
Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Friday, 07 December 2012 08:39

This section of the site contains orders of statewide interest recently issued by the Iowa Supreme Court. Orders will be posted in this section for one year from the date they are first posted.

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Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Emeritus Pro Bono Practice Rule (December 6, 2012).

Order (309 kb)



Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed rules governing the filing of electronic documents in the Iowa Appellate Courts (December 6, 2012).

Order (546 kb)



Request for public comment regarding proposed collection activities (October 25, 2012)

Order (84 kb)


Proposed new Chapter 26 (288 kb)



In the Matter of the Electronic Document Management System and Standard eForms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (October 25, 2012)

Supervisory Order (72 kb)


www.iowacourts.gov/Online_Court_Services/EDMS/

Small Claims eForms (591 kb)



In the Matter of Appointments to the Advisory Committee Concerning Certain Civil Justice Reform Task Force Recommendations (October 10, 2012)

Order (78 kb)



Request for public comment regarding a proposed new rule of juvenile procedure 8.36 (August 30, 2012)

Order (140 kb)


New Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.36 (228 kb)


Iowa Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Juvenile Court (1818 kb)


Public Comments on Proposed New Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.36 (Oct. 31, 2012) (29813 kb)


Additional comment (November 1, 2012) (792 kb)



Request for public comment regarding amendments to Professional Regulation of the Iowa Court Rules (August 27, 2012)

Order (420 kb)


Proposed amendments to Professional Regulation (142 kb)



Request for public comment regarding amendments to Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (August 27, 2012)

Order (496 kb)


Proposed amendments to Chapters 6 and 21 (107 kb)



Request for Comments to Proposed New Rule of Civil Procedure 1.1702 (August 3, 2012)

Order (407 kb)


Proposed New Rule (88 kb)



In the Matter of Rules for Involuntary Commitments or Treatment of Persons with Substance-Related Disorders (July 5, 2012)

Supervisory Order and Chapter 13 (516 kb)



In the Matter of Mileage Reimbursement (June 29, 2012)

Supervisory Order (32 kb)



In the Matter of EDMS and Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims (June 29, 2012)

Supervisory Order (991 kb)



In the Matter of Forms for Court Orders Issued in Small Claims Court (June 28, 2012)

Supervisory Order and Forms for Court Orders (3515 kb)



In the Matter of Appointments to the 2012 Iowa Child Support Guidelines Review Committee (June 11, 2012)

Nunc Pro Tunc (103 kb)



In the Matter of Appointments to the 2012 Iowa Child Support Guidelines Review Committee (June 11, 2012)

Order (533 kb)



In the Matter of the Notice on Court-Generated Documents in Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (May 1, 2012)

Supervisory Order (56 kb)



In the Matter of Revision of Interim Rules 16.306(5) and (6) Relating to Signatures in the Electronic Document Management System (April 24, 2012)

Supervisory Order (82 kb)


Revised 16.306(5) and (6) (36 kb)



Request for comments to proposed amendments to lawyer advertising rules (April 20, 2012)

Order (386 kb)


Proposed amendments (12844 kb)



Request for comments to proposed amendments to Rule 31.16 Registration of House Counsel (March 21, 2012)

Order (77 kb)


Proposed New Rule (304 kb)



In the Matter of Interim Rules to Govern the use of the Electronic Document Management System (March 1, 2012)

The Iowa Supreme Court amends the interim rules of Chapter 16 of the Iowa Court Rules governing EDMS

Order (77 kb)


Chapter 16 interim rules (349 kb)


Summary (43 kb)


General Commentary (114 kb)



Request for comments to proposed amendments to Rule of Appellate Procedure (February 10, 2012)

Order (244 kb)


Proposed New Rule (186 kb)



Request for comments to proposed amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure (December 2, 2011)

Order (575 kb)


Proposed New Rule (479 kb)



Request for comments to proposed amendments to Rules of Juvenile Procedures (November 23, 2011)

Order (103 kb)


Juvenile amendments (11 kb)



Request for comments to proposed amendments to rules regulating the practice of law (November 17, 2011)

Order (429 kb)


Summary (96 kb)


Proposed amendments (200 kb)



In the Matter of Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Small Claims Pleadings Forms (October 7, 2011)

Order (550 kb)


Small Claims Forms (944 kb)



In the Matter of Formation of the Small Claims Forms Advisory Committee (May 18, 2011)

Order (619 kb)



In the Matter of the Supreme Court Committee to Study Lawyer Advertising Rules (April 15, 2011)

Order (466 kb)



In the Matter of Rescission of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (April 6, 2011)

Supervisory Order (206 kb)



In the Matter of Temporary Rules Governing the Electronic Document Management System and Use of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (April 4, 2011)

Temporary rules governing EDMS to exempt electronic filers in Small Claims actions until further notice of this court

Supervisory Order (364 kb)



In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (April 1, 2011)

The March 28, 2011, order contained typographical errors in the numbering sequence of the new and amended Small Claims forms compared to the prior forms being replaced. The forms themselves were correctly numbered.

Amended Order (427 kb)



In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (March 28, 2011)

The Court rescinds Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules, Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions, in its entirety. The court approves and adopts the revised Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules attached to this Order.
Effective April 4, 2011


Order (6666 kb)


Standard Forms (pdf) (774 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Jefferson and Louisa County Clerk of Court Offices (March 9, 2011)

Effective immediately

Nunc Pro Tunc (170 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Jefferson and Louisa County Clerk of Court Offices (March 9, 2011)

Effective immediately.

Supervisory Order (181 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Chapter 4; Form 4.11 (February 2, 2011)

Effective immediately.

Order and Form 4.11 (895 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Chapter 4: Forms 4.1, 4.2, 4.11, and 4.15 (December 27, 2010)

Effective immediately

Supervisory Order (3402 kb)



In the Matter of the Appointment of the EMC Media Coordinator for Region 3

Effective December 17, 2010.

Order (192 kb)



Proposed Adoption of 2005 Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (December 7, 2010)

Deadline for comments is March 7, 2011

Order (2271 kb)


Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (166 kb)


Chapter 11 Study Group (2195 kb)



In the Matter of the Retention of a Private Court Reporter in a Civil Case: Amendment to January 6, 2010 Order (November 24, 2010)

Effective immediately

Supervisory Order (835 kb)



In the Matter of Temporary Rules to Govern the Use of the Electronic Document Management System Plymouth County and Story County (November 4, 2010)

Supervisory Order (538 kb)


Chapter 16 - Rules Pertaining to the Use of the Electronic Document Management System (12070 kb)


Protected Information Disclosure (424 kb)


Small Claims Original Notice and Petition (3124 kb)


Notice of Transcript Redaction (445 kb)


General Commentary on Electronic Filing Rules (118 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Chickasaw and Howard County Clerk of Court Offices (October 19, 2010)

Effective October 25, 2010

Supervisory Order (207 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Greene County Clerk of Court Office (September 29, 2010)

Effective October 12, 2010

Supervisory Order (185 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Boone County Clerk of Court Office (September 29, 2010)

Effective October 5, 2010

Supervisory Order (177 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Adams, Ringgold and Taylor County Clerk of Court offices (September 29, 2010)

Effective October 4, 2010

Supervisory Order (189 kb)



In the Matter of the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Fine Collection Procedures, Practices and Rules (September 24, 2010)

Effective immediately

Order (928 kb)



In the Matter of the Public Hours of the Office of the Clerk of the Appellate Courts (September 15, 2010)

Effective September 20, 2010

Supervisory Order (465 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Jones County Clerk of Court Office (August 18, 2010)

Effective August 30, 2010

Supervisory Order (167 kb)



In the Matter of the Appointment of Members to Serve on the Civil Justice Reform Task Force (August 6, 2010)

Supervisory Order (106 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Worth County Clerk of Court Office (August 4, 2010)

Effective September 10, 2010

Supervisory Order (181 kb)



In the Matter of Expanded Media Coverage of the Courts (July 21, 2010)

The supreme court has reorganized the jurisdiction of media coordinators for Jackson County.
Effective August 1, 2010

Order (171 kb)



In the Matter of Interim Procedures Governing the Collection of Court Fines and Fees (July 2, 2010)

Upon recommendation of the Judicial Council, the supreme court adopts interim provisions that will govern installment payment plans and other fine collection activities of the judicial branch until the adoption of permanent rules.
Effective July 12, 2010

Supervisory Order (1250 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Floyd County Clerk of Court Office (May 13, 2010)

Effective May 20, 2010

Supervisory Order (174 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Davis County Clerk of Court Office (May 4, 2010)

Effective May 10, 2010

Supervisory Order (176 kb)



In the Matter of Adoption of EDMS Rules for Pilot Project in Plymouth County (April 21, 2010)

Effective immediately

Supervisory Order (581 kb)


Chapter 16 - Rules Pertaining to the Use of the Electronic Document Management System (12017 kb)


Protected Information Disclosure (520 kb)


Small Claims Original Notice and Petition (2292 kb)


General Commentary on Electronic Filing Rules (2274 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of the Guthrie County Clerk of Court Office (April 13, 2010)

Effective immediately

Supervisory Order (173 kb)



In the Matter of the Business Hours of the Fremont County Clerk of Court Office (April 6, 2010)

Effective April 5, 2010

Supervisory Order (167 kb)



In the Matter of Appointment to the Task Force for Civil Justice Reform (March 23, 2010)

Effective immediately

Order (123 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of Clerk of Court Offices (March 19, 2010)

Fremont county
Effective April 5, 2010

Supervisory Order (186 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of Clerk of Court Offices (February 11, 2010)

Jefferson county
effective February 12, 2010

Supervisory Order (180 kb)



In the Matter of Prioritization of Cases and Duties (February 4, 2010)

Amendment to Order of December 1, 2009
Effective immediately

Supervisory Order (323 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of Clerk of Court Offices (January 28, 2010)

Fifth District
effective February 1, 2010

Supervisory Order (252 kb)



In the Matter of Changes to the Business Hours of Clerk of Court Offices (January 26, 2010)

First, Second and Sixth districts
effective February 1, 2010

Supervisory Order (286 kb)



Proposed Revised Iowa Code of Judicial Conduct (January 19, 2010)

Chapter 51
Deadline for comments is March 19, 2010.

Order and Proposed Code (581 kb)



In the Matter of Private Retention of Court Reporters in Civil Cases (January 6, 2010)

Supervisory order (500 kb)



In the Matter of Appointments to the Task Force for Civil Justice Reform (December 18, 2009)

Order (655 kb)



In the Matter of Court Closure Days and Public Hours of Clerk of Court Offices (December 2, 2009)

Supervisory Order (63 kb)



In the Matter of Prioritization of Cases and Duties (December 1, 2009)

Supervisory Order (1318 kb)



In the Matter of the Public Hours of Clerk of Court Offices (November 17, 2009)

Supervisory Order (2646 kb)



In the Matter of Actions Taken to Reduce Judicial Branch Operating Expenses (November 12, 2009)

Supervisory Order (1443 kb)



In The Matter of Court Closure and Unpaid Leave Days (November 10, 2009)

Supervisory Order (497 kb)



In the Matter of Actions Taken to Reduce Judicial Branch Operating Expenses for Fiscal Year 2010 (June 25, 2009)

Supervisory Order (162 kb)



In the Matter of Court Closure Days and Reduced Public Hours (May 29, 2009)

Supervisory Order (288 kb)



In the Matter of Appointments to the Digital Audio Recording Technology Committee of the Judicial Council (May 7, 2009)

Order (380 kb)



In the Matter of Court Closure and Unpaid Leave Days: May 8 (May 5, 2009)

Supervisory Order (452 kb)



In the Matter of Mileage Reimbursement (March 31, 2009)

Supervisory Order (315 kb)



Actions Concerning Judicial Operations (March 13, 2009)

Supervisory Order (228 kb)



Action Taken to Reduce Operating Expenses (February 27, 2009)

Supervisory Order (186 kb)



Hearing on Proposed Rules (February 24, 2009)

A hearing is scheduled on Thursday, March 5, 2009, regarding minutes of evidence.

Order Setting Hearing Schedule (Feb. 24, 2009) (480 kb)


Order Setting Amended Hearing Schedule (March 2, 2009) (477 kb)


Order (Feb. 13, 2009) (749 kb)



Actions Taken to Reduce Judicial Branch Operating Expenses (February 2, 2009)

Supervisory Order (783 kb)



Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (December 2, 2008)

Information about witnesses
Deadline for comments is January 2, 2009

Chapter 2, Rule 2.4 and 2.5 (589 kb)



Proposed Amendments to Iowa Court Rules (November 12, 2008)

Licensing and Practice of Foreign Legal Consultants
Deadline for comments is December 12, 2008

Chapter 31, Rule 31.14 and 31.18 (5008 kb)



In the Matter of Iowa Rule of Civil Procedure 1.422 (September 23, 2008)

Rule 1.422

Supervisory Order (150 kb)



Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (June 23, 2008)

Information about witnesses
Deadline for comments is July 23, 2008

Chapter 2, Rule 2.4 and 2.5 (96 kb)


Order (355 kb)



Final Report of the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee

Final Report of the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee (378 kb)


Proposed Amendments to Chapter 9 (348 kb)


Rule 9.27, Forms 1 and 2 (418 kb)



Revisions to Electronic Document Management System Proposed Rules (June 10, 2008)

Public Notice (47 kb)


General commentary (71 kb)


Chapter 16--Pertaining to the use of EDMS (258 kb)



Proposed Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Rules of Civil Procedure Concerning Certiorari (June 6, 2008)

Deadline for comments is August 6, 2008

Order (81 kb)


Proposed Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure (851 kb)


Summary of Key Changes (238 kb)


Proposed Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure (113 kb)



Appointments to the Supreme Court Limited Jurisdiction Task Force (January 14, 2008)

Appointment Order (205 kb)


Resolution in Support of the Pew Commission (September 10, 2007) (86 kb)



Filing by facsimile transmission (August 6, 2007)

Order granting filing by facsimile transmission of certain documents in chapters 125 and 229 commitment proceedings
Effective immediately

Order (66 kb)



Uniform Bond Schedule (August 2, 2007)

Order amending uniform bond schedule

Order and bond schedule (97 kb)



Instructions to Compensation Commissioners from the Chief Justice (January 12, 2007)

Instructions (208 kb)

 
Iowa Judicial Branch Recent Amendments and New Rules PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Crime/Courts
Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Friday, 07 December 2012 08:35

The following documents are amendments to the Iowa Court Rules or new court rules recently approved by the Iowa Supreme Court.


In the Matter of New Rule of Civil Procedure (December 6, 2012)

The Iowa Supreme Court has approved the addition of rule 1.1702 to the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure providing a uniform process for interstate depositions and discovery.

Order (183 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules (November 8, 2012)

Forms Regarding Appointment of Counsel
Temporarily adopting the attached forms, effective immediately. Forms permanently take effect January 7, 2013.

Order and Forms Regarding Appointment of Counsel (294 kb)



In the Matter of Iowa Court Rule 31.16 (Sept. 13, 2012)

Registration of House Counsel
Effective immediately

Order (49 kb)


Chapter 31 (272 kb)



In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (Sept. 13, 2012)

Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules -- Form 3.27:Verification of Account
Effective immediately

Order (90 kb)


Chapter 3, Form 3.27 (45 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules Governing Lawyer Advertising (August 28, 2012)

Effective January 1, 2013

Order and Chapter 32 (1114 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules 35.17 and 42.1 (August 24, 2012)

Effective immediately

Order, Rule 35.17 and 42.1 (66 kb)



In the Matter of Amendment of Iowa Court Rule 35.1 (August 24, 2012)

Effective immediately

Order, Rule 35.1 (56 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Admission to the Bar (July 13, 2012)

Effective immediately

Order, Rule 31.11(3), and OPR change to rule 31.12 (119 kb)



In the Matter of Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules (July 5, 2012)

Supervisory Order, Chapter 13 (516 kb)



In the Matter of Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules (June 29, 2012)

Order, Chapter 13 and Forms (1418 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure (May 21, 2012)

6.1005 Regarding Frivolous Appeals and Withdrawal of Counsel (Including Related Changes to Other Rules)
Effective immediately

Order (147 kb)


Rule 6.1005 (194 kb)



In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (May 7, 2012)

Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules is rescinded effective July 1, 2012, and revised Chapter 3 is adopted. Until July 1, 2012, parties may use either the current pleadings forms or the new pleadings forms.

Order (129 kb)


Chapter 3 -- Small Claims forms (711 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating the Practice of Law (May 2, 2012)

Amendments concerning the attorney disciplinary process, client trust account reconciliation and record retention procedures, continuing legal education, and the bar exam.
Amended effective immediately

Nunc Pro Tunc (59 kb)


OPR Rules Revisions (Strikethrough version) (4618 kb)


OPR Rules Revisions (Final version) (396 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 32:7.4 (March 12, 2012)

The Court adds Veterans Law to the list of fields of practice and specialization.

Order (80 kb)



Iowa Courts Rules

The Chief Justice has signed a supplemental order specifying the effective date of the amendment to Rule 41.3(2)

Supplemental Order (35 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (February 20, 2012)

Amendments concerning the attorney disciplinary process, client trust account reconciliation and record retention procedures, continuing legal education, and the bar exam.
Amended effective immediately

Order (183 kb)


Amendments (10043 kb)


Summary of Amendments (87 kb)



In the Matter of Amendment to Chapter 11 (December 30, 2011)

New Standards of Conduct for Mediators is based on the 2005 Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Prior to publication of the new standards, the Iowa Code Editor's office has revised the numbering format of the new standards. In addition, the court has made punctuation and grammatical changes to the new standards.

Nunc Pro Tunc (361 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Chapter 46.13(4) (December 12, 2011)

Causes for disciplinary action.

Order and Amendment (338 kb)



In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Chapter 12 (November 14, 2011)

Earlier this year, the General Assembly approved statutory changes that prohibit the possession, receipt, and shipment of firearms and ammunition by a person found by a court to be mentally ill. To comply with this legislation, the court amended two forms used for civil commitments pursuant to Chapter 229 of the Iowa Code.

Order (1202 kb)


Forms - Rule 12.36 - Form 3 and Form 13 (762 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (November 10, 2011)

Amendment to chapter 11 of the Iowa Court Rules— Adoption of Standards of Conduct for Mediators Summary—At the recommendation of the Iowa State Bar Association, the American Academy of Alternate Dispute Resolution Attorneys, and others, the court replaces chapter 11 of the Iowa Court Rules, “Rules Governing Standards of Practice for Lawyer Mediators in Family Disputes,” with new standards of conduct for mediators. The current standards have changed little since their adoption in 1987. The new standards mirror the 2005 Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators with one exception. The court added a provision concerning the scope of the rules. This provision provides that the “standards apply to mediators who are lawyers licensed to practice law in Iowa, mediators who participate in any mediation program approved by a court of this state, and mediators in any matter required to be mediated by an Iowa court order or rule.” The standards for mediators in the prior version of chapter 11 applied to lawyer mediators in family disputes only. The new standards take effect January 1, 2012.

Order and Amended Rule (352 kb)



Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure (November 30, 2010)

Amendment to Rules of Civil Procedure 1.909 -- The supreme court amends Iowa Rule of Civil Procedure 1.909, setting the fee for late settlement of jury trials, to include a party's waiver of jury trial within the rule's time frame.
Temporarily amended, effective immediately
Permanently effective January 28, 2011

Order and amended rule (479 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (November 24, 2010)

Amendment to Rule 41.12 requires all lawyers newly admitted by examination to complete a basic skills course on Iowa law within one year after admission to the Iowa bar. The supreme court amends the rule to permit new lawyers to take the basic skills course during the time between completion of the bar examination and admission to practice.
Effective immediately

Order and amended rule (565 kb)



Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure (August 3, 2010)

Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure 1.1007 and 1.1008--Time to file certain post-ruling motions
These amendments increase the amount of time that a party has to file certain post-ruling motions. The court increased the time to file such motions from ten days after the filing of a verdict to fifteen days after the filing of a verdict. This additional time is intended to address case processing delays that cut into the time parties have to file such motions. These delays are the on-going consequence of the severe cuts in the judicial branch budget over the past decade.
Efffective August 9, 2010

Amendment (483 kb)


Supervisory Order (638 kb)



Amendment to Code of Judicial Conduct (June 23, 2010)

Amendment to Application Section
Summary ― This amendment is a technical correction.
Effective immediately

Amendment (342 kb)



Amendment to Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.19(4) (June 17, 2010)

Amendment to Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.19(4) Reporting Opening Statements and Closing Arguments―This amendment requires the reporting of opening statements and final arguments in a criminal trial. The former version of the rule required reporting of these remarks only upon request of a party. The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that a complete record of all aspects of a trial exists to enable a complete review of a case on appeal. Under the former rule, the absence of a record of opening statements and closing arguments frequently hampered appellate review, particularly with regard to questions of error preservation and prejudice.
Effective August 16, 2010

Order and Rule (239 kb)



Rule 22.28 Report Form (May 27, 2010)

Amended form for filing transcript income and expense reports.

Supervisory Order (589 kb)



Amendment to Rule of Judicial Administration (May 27, 2010)

Amendments to Rule 22.28(7) ―Court Reporter Transcript Income and Expense Reports
Summary―In response to feedback from court reporters regarding the work involved in producing these reports and confusion about certain reporting requirements, the court amended the rule to require only one report a year (May 1) rather than two reports a year.
Effective immediately

Order and rule (271 kb)



Rules for Expanded Media Coverage (May 27, 2010)

Amendment to Rule 25.3―Witness Objection to Request for Media Coverage
Summary―At the request of the Clerks’ Manual Committee, the court amended this rule to provide that a witness is entitled to assistance from the clerk of court in providing copies of the witness’s objection to EMC coverage to attorneys, parties, the presiding judge, the district court administrator, and the media coordinator.
Effective immediately

Order and rule (394 kb)



Rule of Appellate Procedure (May 27, 2010)

Procedure 6.1401 Form 5―TPR and CINA Expedited Appeal
Summary―The Iowa Court of Appeals recommended these changes to the CINA/TPR petition form for the purpose of obtaining more direction and information from an appellant regarding the issues being raised on appeal.
Effective immediately

Order and form (1457 kb)



Rules of Civil Procedure (May 26, 2010)

Amendment to Rule of Civil Procedure 1.1013(1) ―Fee for Petition to Vacate or Modify a Judgment
Summary―Earlier this year, the court amended this rule to require the payment of a filing fee when filing a motion or petition for vacating or modifying a judgment. Later, the court was informed of confusion among clerks of court and attorneys about the application of this rule, particularly with respect to small claims cases. Clerks of court asked for guidance. To clarify the rule, the court adopted this amendment. The amendment clarifies that a petition of this nature when filed in small claims shall require payment of the fee for filing a small claims case set forth in section 631.6(1)(a). Currently, the filing fee for small claims cases is $85.

Effective July 24, 2010

Order and rule (641 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (April 30, 2010)

Adopted effective May 3, 2010

Order (17337 kb)


Chapter 51, Code of Judicial Conduct (16861 kb)


22.12 Senior Judges (767 kb)


22.22 Gifts (661 kb)


32:1.12 Professional Conduct (237 kb)



Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure (March 9, 2010)

1.431 Motion practice
1.1013 Procedure for vacating or modifying judgment
Adopted, effective May 10, 2010

Amendments (650 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (March 9, 2010)

Rule 22.30 -- Use of signature facsimile
Amended, effective immediately

Order and amended rule (568 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (January 19, 2010)

Chapter 31--Admission to the Bar
Chapter 39--Client Security Commission
Chapter 41--Continuing Legal Education
Amended, effective immediately

Order and amended rules (1599 kb)



Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure (January 7, 2010)

1.431 Motion practice
1.909 Fee for late settlement of jury trial
Adopted, effective March 8, 2010

Amended rules (445 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (January 6, 2010)

Court Records
Chapter 20
Adopted, effective immediately

Order and new rules (382 kb)



Iowa Rule of Appellate Procedure (December 18, 2009)

Rule 6.702 Filing fees and copies
Effective immediately

Order and rule (435 kb)



Iowa Rule of Civil Procedure (November 12, 2009)

1.442(5) Filing of pleadings or papers with the court

Supervisory Order and amended rule (468 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (November 12, 2009)

Rule 22.39 Staffing offices of clerks of court
Rule 22.40 Public business hours of offices of clerks of court

Order and Rules (365 kb)



Iowa Court Rules (November 9, 2009)

Rule 22.28 Transcripts - transcript fee and expense report
Amended, effective immediately

Order and Amended Rules 22.28 (657 kb)


Supervisory Order and Rule 22, 28 Report (578 kb)


Staff Summary (768 kb)



Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure (October 28, 2009)

State's duty to disclose witnesses
Amended, effective immediately

Rule 2.11(12) (2045 kb)


Staff Explanation (211 kb)


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Judge Brown Named Chief Judge of Eighth Judicial District PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Crime/Courts
Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Thursday, 06 December 2012 15:56

Des Moines, December 6, 2012— The Iowa Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Mary Ann Brown, Burlington, as Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial District. Judge Brown succeeds Chief Judge James Q. Blomgren who will retire December 6, 2012.

"Judge Brown is an excellent judge with experience as an attorney and on the bench," Chief Justice Mark Cady said. "The supreme court is confident she has the skills needed to be a fine chief judge and a strong leader in the Eighth Judicial District."

Judge Brown was appointed district judge in September 2001. She received her bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1981 and her law degree from the Drake University School of Law in 1984. Judge Brown worked as a prosecutor for the Des Moines County Attorney's Office from 1985 to 1990. She was in private practice with Bauer, Schulte, Hahn, Swanson & Brown from 1990 to 2001. Judge Brown is a member of the Iowa Judicial Qualifications Commission, The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Board of Directors, the Iowa Judges Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Des Moines County Bar Association, and served as past chair of the Iowa Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters. She is also a member of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois Board of Directors and, in 2000, she received a Bar Association Community Service award.

"I am honored and humbled to have been selected a Chief Judge for the Eighth Judicial District," Judge Brown said. "As Iowans we can all be proud of the outstanding court system in this state. It will be a privilege to have this opportunity to work with all the outstanding, hardworking judges and other court staff in this judicial district. Working together we will successfully meet the ever changing challenges to efficiently and effectively serve the legal needs of our citizens."

As chief judge, Judge Brown will supervise all judicial officers and court employees in the district, supervise the performance of administrative and judicial business in the district, set the times and places of holding court, designate presiding judges, and serve on the judicial council, which advises the supreme court on administrative matters affecting the trial courts. In addition, she will continue to preside over cases.

The Eighth Judicial District is located in southeast Iowa and comprises 14 counties: Appanoose, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee (with two county seats—Fort Madison and Keokuk), Louisa, Mahaska, Monroe, Poweshiek, Van Buren, Wapello, and Washington. The district has 11 district judges, seven district associate judges, one associate juvenile judge, four senior judges, 13 part-time magistrates, and 156 employees, with an operating budget for the current fiscal year of approximately $14.2 million. A total of 73,056 cases were filed in the Eighth Judicial District last year.

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