Des Moines, February 15, 2016—Today, the Iowa Supreme Court announces that the Iowa Business Specialty Court will remain an ongoing part of the Iowa court system. In Decem...

Des Moines, January 12, 2016— On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the House Chambers, Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court will address a joint convention of the General Assembly on the State of the Judiciary.

The ...

Amendments to Iowa Court Rules on Professional Regulation (October 20, 2015)
Order (332 kb)
Amendments to Division III of the Iowa Court Rules (131 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of Iowa Court Rules Implementing the Uniform Bar Examination (October 15, 2015)
Order (502 kb)
Chapter 31 (113 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Chapter 46 of the Iowa Court (October 15, 2015)
Order (262 kb)
Chapter 46 (96 kb)
In the Matter of Adopting Updates to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct (October 15, 2015)
Order (212 kb)
Chapter 32 (321 kb)
Revisions to Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan Forms (September 25, 2015)
These amended forms are temporarily adopted and effective immediately. The forms will become permanently effective November 25, 2015.
Order (78 kb)
Rule 23.5 - Form 2 (354 kb)
Rule 23.5 - Form 3 (430 kb)
Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 35.14 for Reinstatement of License After Revocation (May 18, 2015)
Order (37 kb)
Chapter 35 (103 kb)
Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 31.16 for Registration of Foreign House Counsel (May 18, 2015)
Order (30 kb)
Chapter 31 (96 kb)
Revisions to New and Amended Rules Governing Court Interpreters (May 18, 2015)
Chapters 47 and 48 of the Iowa Court Rules
Order (45 kb)
Chapter 47 (8 kb)
Chapter 48 (7 kb)
Adoption of Clarifying Amendments to New Discovery Rules and Forms (April 1, 2015)
Order (116 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Rule 1.500 Discovery Amendments (140 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Rule 1.507 Discovery and Inspection (139 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Rule 1.906 Discovery Amendments Trial and Judgment (126 kb)
Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan: Rule 23.5–Form 2 (631 kb)
Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan for Expedited Civil Action: Rule 23.5–Form 3 (1941 kb)
In the Matter of the Basic Skills Course Requirement for Newly Admitted Attorneys (January 21, 2015)
Basic Skills Course Requirement
Effective immediately
Order (420 kb)
Rule 41.12 Basic skills course requirement (151 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Chapter 46 of the Iowa Court Rules (December 18, 2014)
Certification of Shorthand Reporters
Effective immediately
Order (68 kb)
Chapter 46 (102 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules 31.3 (December 16, 2014)
Required Examinations
Effective immediately
Order (35 kb)
Rule 31.3 Required examinations (157 kb)
Adoption of New and Amended Rules Governing Court Interpreters (December 4, 2014)
Chapters 47 and 48 of the Iowa Court Rules
Effective July 1, 2015
Order (177 kb)
Chapter 47 (326 kb)
Chapter 48 (219 kb)
Revisions to Expedited Civil Action Rule and Recent Amendments to Iowa Discovery Rules (October 30, 2014)
Order (92 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Expedited Civil Action Rule 1.281 (27 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Discovery Amendments (65 kb)
Joint Motion to Proceed as an Expedited Civil Action: Rule 1.1901–Form 18 (18 kb)
Notice of Civil Trial-Setting Conference: Rule 23.5–Form 1 (40 kb)
Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan: Rule 23.5–Form 2 (74 kb)
Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan for Expedited Civil Action: Rule 23.5–Form 3 (71 kb)
Adoption of Expedited Civil Action Rule and Amendments to Iowa Discovery Rules (August 28, 2014)
Order (1195 kb)
Ch. 1 Expedited Civil Action Rule 1.281 (300 kb)
Ch. 1 Discovery Amendments (439 kb)
Expedited Civil Action Certification: Rule 1.1901--Form 16 (220 kb)
Expedited Civil Action Certification: Rule 1.1901--Form 17 (221 kb)
Joint Motion to Proceed as an Expedited Civil Action: Rule 1.1901–Form 18 (176 kb)
Health Care Provider Statement in Lieu of Testimony: Rule 1.1901–Form 19 (238 kb)
Ch. 23 Time Standards for Case Processing (220 kb)
Notice of Civil Trial-Setting Conference: Rule 23.5–Form 1 (208 kb)
Trial Scheduling Order and Discovery Plan: Rule 23.5–Form 2 (310 kb)
Trial Scheduling Order and Discovery Plan for Expedited Civil Action: Rule 23.5–Form 3 (312 kb)
In the Matter of Interim Rules to Govern the use of the Electronic Document Management System (August 15, 2014)
Order (80 kb)
In the Matter of Probate Forms in Chapter 7 of the Iowa Court Rules (June 17, 2014)
Amended forms to take effect permanently August 16, 2014
Order (43 kb)
In the Matter of Probate Forms in Chapter 7 of the Iowa Court Rules (May 23, 2014)
Order (53 kb)
Chapter 7 Title and Contents (140 kb)
Probate Forms (286 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules (April 29, 2014)
Further amendments to rules and forms of Chapter 25
Effective May 1, 2014
Order (43 kb)
Chapter 25, Rules for Expanded News Media Coverage (246 kb)
Chapter 25, EMNC forms (562 kb)
Summary of Amendments to Chapter 25 (203 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Division III of the Iowa Court Rules (April 25, 2014)
Order (45 kb)
Rule Changes for Law Student Registration & Lawyer Reporting Dates (98 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules (April 2, 2014)
Effective May 1, 2014
Order (115 kb)
Chapter 25, Rules for Expanded News Media Coverage (245 kb)
Chapter 25, EMNC forms (512 kb)
Summary of Amendments to Chapter 25 (201 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules and Self Represented Litigant Forms for Disestablishing Legal Parent (March 26, 2014)
Order (73 kb)
Rule 17.200 Family law forms for dissolution of marriage with dependent children (129 kb)
Form 212: Joint Statement on Legal Parent (501 kb)
Form 213: Motion to Disestablish Legal Parent (504 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Student Practice (March 21, 2014)
Order (29 kb)
Rule 31.15 Student Practice Rule (152 kb)
OPR Memo Re: Amendment of Student Practice Rule (65 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Continuing Legal Education (March 21, 2014)
Order (28 kb)
Chapters 41 and 42 (176 kb)
OPR Memo Re: Distance Education Changes as Adopted (65 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of New Chapter 17 Forms for Applications to Modify Child Support in the Iowa Court Rules (March 6, 2014)
Order (406 kb)
Rule (127 kb)
Forms (1451 kb)
Guide (492 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules and Adoption of New Forms for Dissolutions of Marriage with Children (December 19, 2013)
Order (79 kb)
Divorce Forms for Self Represented Litigants With Minor Children (4394 kb)
Guide to Representing Yourself in an Iowa Divorce Case with Minor Children (543 kb)
Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules (153 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Division III of the Court Rules Regarding the Client Security Trust Fund (November 26, 2013)
Order (160 kb)
Office of Professional Regulation Memorandum (118 kb)
Chapter 39 and 40 (141 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of New Forms for Dissolutions of Marriage with no Minor Children (November 6, 2013)
Order (60 kb)
Divorce Forms for Self Represented Litigants With No Minor Children (2415 kb)
Guide to Representing Yourself in an Iowa Divorce Case with no Minor Children (445 kb)
In the Matter of Interim Rules to Govern the use of the Electronic Document Management System (October 22, 2013)
Supervisory Order (66 kb)
Rules 16.302, 16.320, 16.701 (132 kb)
In the Matter of the New Rule of Juvenile Procedure (October 16, 2013)
Juvenile Procedure 8.36
Order (125 kb)
Rule 8.36 (253 kb)
Standards of Practice (309 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Admission to the Bar (August 22, 2013)
Effective immediately
Order (25 kb)
Chapter 31, Admission to the Bar (214 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of Clarifying Comments (June 13, 2013)
Iowa Rule of Professional Conduct 32:1.13
Effective immediately
Order (61 kb)
In the Matter of Iowa Court Rules New Chapter 26 (June 4, 2013)
Rules for Installment Payment Plans and Other Court Collection Activities
Effective July 1, 2013
Order (253 kb)
Chapter 26 (294 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Chapter 9 (May 9, 2013)
Child Support Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2013
Order (69 kb)
Chapter 9, Child Support Guidelines (2035 kb)
Child Support Guidelines Review Committee Final Report (2595 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Organization and Procedures of Appellate Courts in Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (March 5, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has approved rules governing electronic appellate processes. The rules, to be contained in the Chapter 16 court rules pertaining to EDMS, are prospective only. The court will announce an effective date for the rules and for implementation of electronic filing in the appellate courts at a later date.
Order (63 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Organization and Procedures of Appellate Courts in Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (March 5, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has amended the rules of appellate procedure contained in chapter 6 of the Iowa Court Rules and has rescinded and rewritten the rules governing the organization and procedures of appellate courts contained in Chapter 21 of the Iowa Court Rules.
Effective May 3, 2013
Order (74 kb)
Chapter 6 and Chapter 21 (116 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of an Emeritus Pro Bono Practice Rule (March 1, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has adopted an emeritus pro bono practice rule (Iowa Court Rule 31.19) that encourages retired or retiring Iowa attorneys, including attorneys licensed in other states, to provide volunteer legal services on behalf of legal aid organizations serving low income persons in Iowa.
Effective immediately
Order and Rule Amendments (323 kb)
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.
Supervisory Order (157 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.
Supervisory 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)
November 20, 2015
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No. 15-1391
IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. ALEXANDRA M. NELISSEN

Des Moines, November 5, 2015– On Monday, November 16, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in West Des Moines, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Staplin Performing Arts Center at Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Avenue. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

The court will hear attorneys argue in one case:

State of Iowa v. Donald Benjamin Earl Reed, case no. 13-0988, from Black Hawk County District Court

Defendant Donald Reed seeks further review of an Iowa Court of Appeals decision affirming his convictions on a variety of drug-related charges and affirming the sentence of 100 years imposed on him that was enhanced by a prior juvenile adjudication. Issues before the Iowa Supreme Court include whether the evidence at trial was sufficient to support the convictions, whether trial counsel was ineffective, and whether the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Iowa Constitution affords defendant an individualized evidentiary sentencing hearing.

Attorneys' briefs for the cases and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at http://www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Courts/Supreme_Court/Offsite_Oral_Arguments_Des_Moines/index.asp

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the Staplin Center lobby. The reception is sponsored by the Polk County Bar Association.

Note to Editors: News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at http://www.iowacourts.gov/For_the_Media/Expanded_News_Media_Coverage/

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/CR/LINC/04-30-2014.chapter.25.pdf

 

 

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No. 14-0205
MONROE BRANSTAD vs. STATE OF IOWA ex rel. NATURAL RESOURCE COMMISSION and the IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
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No. 13-1937
STATE OF IOWA vs. ERIC WILLIAM QUERREY
No. 13-2046
DEREK CROW vs. EDWIN E. SIMPSON, Individually and d/b/a SIMPSON TRUCKING AND EXCAVATING
No. 15-0673
IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. HEATHER MARIE KINGERY

Orders

 

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Request for Public Comment on a Proposed Fee for Admission Pro Hac Vice
Order (100 kb)
Chapter 31 , Admission to the Bar (159 kb)
Periodic Pro Hac Vice Fee (313 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of Iowa Court Rules Implementing the Uniform Bar Examination (October 15, 2015)
Order (502 kb)
Chapter 31 (113 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Chapter 46 of the Iowa Court (October 15, 2015)
Order (262 kb)
Chapter 46 (96 kb)
In the Matter of Adopting Updates to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct (October 15, 2015)
Order (212 kb)
Chapter 32 (321 kb)
Request for Public Comment on Proposed New Rule (September 15, 2015)
Criminal Procedure 2.18(15) on Alternate Jurors
Order (758 kb)
Proposed New Rule 2.18(15) (157 kb)
Memo from Criminal Procedure Advisory Committee (163 kb)
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to ICR Governing Appellate Processes
Order (728 kb)
Court Rules Governing Appellate Processes (188 kb)
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Iowa Court Rules (September 4, 2015)
Chapters 34, 35, and 36 in Division III (Professional Regulation)
Order (101 kb)
Chapter 34 (217 kb)
Chapter 35 (306 kb)
Chapter 36 (260 kb)
In the Matter of Appointments to Serve on the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force (August 28, 2015)
Supervisory Order (36 kb)
Appendix (47 kb)
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Iowa Court Rules on Professional Regulation (Division III) (August 21, 2015)
Order (96 kb)
Proposed OPR Omnibus Rule Changes (138 kb)
Discussion of OPR Omnibus Changes (84 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Updates to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct (August 6, 2015)
Order (82 kb)
Chapter 32, Rules of Professional Conduct (339 kb)
Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination and Request for Public Comment on Proposed Rules Governing the Bar Admissions Process (August 4, 2015)
Order (288 kb)
Chapter 31 , Admission to the Bar (115 kb)
Board of Law Examiners' Report (341 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to Div III of ICR for Reciprocal Certification of Shorthand Court Reporters (July 28, 2015)
Order (557 kb)
Proposed Rules (100 kb)
Office of Professional Regulation memo (458 kb)
No. 13-1072 (May 5, 2015)
State of Iowa vs. Kendall Lee Ware
Order (29 kb)
Appointments of Members To Serve on Task Force (March 31, 2015)
In the Matter of the Appointments of Members to Serve on the Iowa Family Law Case Processing Reform Task Force
Supervisory Order (70 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 35.14 (March 11, 2015)
Reinstatement of License After Revocation
Order (80 kb)
Rule 35.14 (105 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 31.16 (March 11, 2015)
Registration of foreign house counsel
Order (73 kb)
Rule 31.16 Registration of house counsel (99 kb)
In the Matter of Proposed Access to Justice Fee Recommendations (February 3, 2015)
Order (395 kb)
In the Matter of Establishment of and Appointments to the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force (January 14, 2015)
Order (140 kb)
In the Matter of Establishment of and Appointments to the Iowa Family Law Case Processing Reform Task Force (January 14, 2015)
Order (165 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments (October 24, 2014)
to Division III of the Iowa Court Rules--Certification of Shorthand Reporters
Order (70 kb)
Proposed Rules (80 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Access to Justice Recommendations (October 1, 2014)
Proposal to create a pro hac vice fee and a new lawyer fee to support legal services.
Order (1091 kb)
ISBA Report (576 kb)
Letter from Iowa Legal Aid (3155 kb)
Staff Report (680 kb)
Public Comments on Access to Justice (January 6, 2014) (26460 kb)
Order In the Matter of Proposed Access to Justice Fee Recommendations (February 3, 2015) (395 kb)
Request for public comment regarding the Basic Skills Course requirement for newly admitted Iowa attorneys. (September 11, 2014)
Order (75 kb)
Public Comment on the Basic Skills Course requirement (1854 kb)
In the Matter of Proposed Amendments to Iowa's Bar Admission Process (September 5, 2014)
Order (95 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to the Rules Governing Court Interpreters (August 22, 2014)
Order (813 kb)
Chapter 47 (348 kb)
Chapter 48 (98 kb)
In the Matter of the Schedule for the Public Hearing (August 5, 2014)
Order Adding Speaker to Public Hearing (23 kb)
In the Matter of the Schedule for the Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Amendments to Iowa's Bar Admission Process (August 1, 2014)
Order (74 kb)
No. 12-0649 Bertrand v. Mullin and the Iowa Democratic Party (May 30, 2014)
Correction Order (2545 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to Iowa's Bar Admission Process (May 14, 2014)
Order (119 kb)
ISBA Recommendations and Appendix (1419 kb)
Court Staff Report on Diploma Privilege (168 kb)
Public Comment on Diploma Privilege Recommendations (July 16, 2014) (5188 kb)
No. 12-2104 Blobaum Enterprises v. Auto-Owners Insurance et al (February 14, 2014)
Order (202 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to Division III of the Iowa Court Rules (January 7, 2014)
Order (124 kb)
Proposed Chapter 41 amendments (395 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to the Student Practice Rule (January 7, 2014)
Order (100 kb)
Proposed amendments, Rule 31.15 (181 kb)
In the Matter of Extending the Deadline for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Iowa Discovery Rules and Expedited Civil Action Rule (Dec. 20, 2013)
Order (31 kb)
In the Matter of Temporary Early Closures of Clerk of Iowa Supreme Court (December 5, 2013)
Order (363 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Division III of the Court Rules Regarding the Client Security Trust Fund (November 26, 2013)
Order (160 kb)
Office of Professional Regulation Memorandum (118 kb)
Chapter 39 and 40 (141 kb)
Request for public comment regarding proposed amendments to Iowa discovery rules and a proposed expedited civil action rule (November 1, 2013)
Order (1614 kb)
Proposed Discovery Amendments (410 kb)
Proposed Expedited Civil Action Rule (200 kb)
Request for comments regarding proposed amendments to the Rules for Expanded Media Coverage (October 28, 2013)
Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules
Order (112 kb)
Chapter 25 (767 kb)
Final Report (130 kb)
Public Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Rules for Expanded Media Coverage (542 kb)
In the Matter of the New Rule of Juvenile Procedure (October 16, 2013)
Juvenile Procedure 8.36
Order (705 kb)
Rule 8.36 (256 kb)
Standards of Practice (298 kb)
No. 11-0492 (August 28, 2013)
State of Iowa vs. Jason Jon Means
Order (63 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to Division III of the Iowa Court Rules (August 5, 2013)
Order (72 kb)
Chapter 39 (130 kb)
Chapter 40 (22 kb)
Office of Professional Regulation memo (823 kb)
Video of Public Hearing (July 9, 2013)
A public hearing on the proposed new rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.36 was held July 9, 2013, with oral presentations from individuals expressing different viewpoints on the proposed rule.
Video, Part 1
Video, Part 2
Schedule for Public Hearing on Proposed New Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.36 (June 20, 2013)
Public hearing will begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Order (64 kb)
No. 11-0553 (June 7, 2013)
St. John's Full Gospel Baptist Church vs. Tax 207 and Polk County Treasurer
Order (34 kb)
In the Matter of the Appointment of an Independent Special Counsel (May 10, 2013)
Order (209 kb)
No. 11-2019 (May 10, 2013)
Residents of Elsie Mason Manor & Ligutti Tower, Katherine Daniel, et al., vs. First Baptist Housing Foundation and American Baptist Homes of the Midwest
Order (64 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Amendments to the Rules Governing Court Interpreters (March 18, 2013)
Order (765 kb)
Chapter 47 (307 kb)
Chapter 48 (224 kb)
Setting Public Hearing and Reopening Comment Period on Proposed New Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.36 (March 18, 2013)
Order (724 kb)
Proposed New Rule 8.36 (95 kb)
Iowa Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Juvenile Court (195 kb)
Public Comments on Proposed New Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.36 (June 3, 2013) (477 kb)
In the Matter of Appointment of Judges to the Iowa Business Specialty Court Pilot Project (March 4, 2013)
Order (46 kb)
In the Matter of Court Forms for Adult and Minor Child Petitions for Change of Name (February 14, 2013)
Name change forms pdf
Supervisory order and name change forms (681 kb)
Request for Public Comment Regarding Recommendations of the Iowa Supreme Court 2012 Child Support Guidelines Review Committee (January 25, 2013
Order (89 kb)
Filed with the clerk of the Iowa Supreme Court office on January 25, 2013
Final Report of Review Committee (3592 kb)
In the Matter of Establishment of the Iowa Business Specialty Court Pilot Project (December 21, 2012)
Supervisory Order and Memorandum of Operation (345 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating the Practice of Law (December 10, 2012)
The Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice has signed an order amending various rules of Division III (Professional Regulation) of the Iowa Court Rules. With two exceptions noted in the order, these amendments are effective immediately. Also accompanying the order is a summary of the amendments.
Order (27 kb)
Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating the Practice of Law (254 kb)
Comments to Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating the Practice of Law (177 kb)
In the Matter of Appointments to the Committee on Expanded Media Coverage (December 7, 2012)
Order (380 kb)
Corrected Expanded Media Coverage Committee Order
Nunc Pro Tunc (47 kb)
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)
Public Comments on Proposed Rules for Collection Activities of the Iowa Courts (2951 kb)
Committee Response to Public Comments (31 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)
http://www.iowacourts.gov/eFiling/Overview/index.asp
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)
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)
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No. 13-1573
STATE OF IOWA vs. JOSEPH D. CERETTI
No. 14-1280
STATE OF IOWA vs. DANIEL LOGAN WALDEN
No. 14-2161
STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff, vs. IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR DUBUQUE COUNTY

Des Moines, October 20, 2015– On Wednesday, November 4, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Harlan, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Harlan High School Auditorium, 2102 Durant Street. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

The court will hear attorneys argue in one case:

State of Iowa v. Taquala Monique Howse, case no. 13-1997, from Black Hawk County District Court

The State seeks further review after the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of Taquala Howse for carrying a weapon. An issue before the Iowa Supreme Court is whether a stun gun is a dangerous weapon per se under Iowa Code section 702.7, which the Iowa Legislature amended in 2008 to expand the definition of dangerous weapon to include "any portable device or weapon directing an electric current, impulse, wave, or beam that produces a high-voltage pulse designed to immobilize a person."

Attorneys' briefs for the cases and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at http://www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Courts/Supreme_Court/Offsite_Oral_Arguments_Harlan/index.asp

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the Harlan High School cafeteria.

Note to Editors: News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at http://www.iowacourts.gov/For_the_Media/Expanded_News_Media_Coverage/

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/CR/LINC/04-30-2014.chapter.25.pdf

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