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COURT RULES: FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

  

  

 

 

 

Rule 1

  

WITHDRAWAL BY COUNSEL

  

A lawyer who has appeared may withdraw for good cause by serving notice of intent to withdraw on the client and opposing counsel, filing notice and proof of service, and receiving court approval. In most civil cases and in some criminal cases, the court will approve without hearing a request to withdraw which is signed by both the lawyer and the client. In most criminal cases, the court will require a hearing with the Defendant present. 

  

  

Rule 2

  

USE OF COURT FILES

   

Lawyers, court reporters, and abstractors may check out court files from the Clerk, who will require a receipt. The receipt must bear the name of the person actually withdrawing the file, who must return it within 5 days (or immediately upon Clerk's request or court order). If the file is obtained on behalf of another person, the receipt must also identify that person. Persons who violate this rule may lose the privilege of withdrawing files. 

  

  

Rule 3

  

CLERK'S NOTATION

   

The Clerk shall record on the file copy of each document processed a distribution list and the date. 


  

Rule 4

  

COURTROOM PROCEDURE 

  

1. Lawyers shall be prompt, but shall notify the court if they are unavoidably delayed. 

  

2. The flag of the United States shall be displayed in every courtroom. 

  

3. Lawyers shall stand to address the judge or the jury, but remain seated to make objections or address witnesses. They may move about the courtroom if necessary to handle exhibits and may approach the bench with the court's permission or invitation. 

  

4. In voir dire, lawyers shall use juror questionnaires to obtain personal data efficiently. 

  

5. Lawyers shall not address witnesses (except children), jurors, or opposing counsel by first name, and shall not address jurors individually after voir dire. Judges shall not address witnesses, litigants, or lawyers familiarly in the presence of jurors. 

  

6. Judges shall wear robes in the courtroom unless only lawyers and court personnel are present. All persons shall wear appropriate clothing in the courtroom. 

  

7. Lawyers shall instruct their clients and witnesses in courtroom procedure. 

  

8. Each witness shall be formally sworn. 

  

9. Lawyers shall have exhibits marked before using them, refer to them by exhibit number or letter, and show them to opposing counsel before offering them into evidence. 

  

10. Lawyers shall prepare diagrams, sketches, or plats to be offered as exhibits in forms which can be retained as part of the record. Witnesses identifying areas shown in such exhibits shall mark on them the areas identified. 

  

11. Any judge who disposes of a jury case before submission shall explain to the jurors what has happened before excusing them. 

  

12. Criminal defendants shall stand for jury verdict and for pronouncement of sentence. 

  

13. Only lawyers, litigants, witnesses, security personnel, and court personnel shall come within the bar of the court. 

  

14. Lawyers shall not communicate ex parte with judges. 


 

Rule 5

  

REFEREES' FEES IN ESTATES, TRUSTS, AND CONSERVATORSHIPS 

   

  

Pursuant to Iowa Code Section 633.21, referees' fees shall be as follows: ("Net value" of decedents' estates means gross assets less life insurance and half of joint tenancy property; see Exhibit A appended.) 

  

ESTATES  

  

NET VALUE ($) 

  

REFEREES' FEES ($) 

0 to 25,000.00 

25,000.00 to 50,000.00 

50,000.00 to 75,000.00 

Over 75,000.00   

  

20.00 

40.00 

60.00 

80.00 

  

  

CONSERVATORSHIPS AND TRUSTS  

GROSS ASSETS ($)   

REFEREES' FEES  

  

1ST REPORT  

ANNUAL REPORTS 

0 to 25,000.00 

25,000.00 to 75,000.00 

Over 75,000.00 

   

15.00 

25.00 

35.00 

   

5.00 

10.00 

15.00 

   

TESTAMENTARY TRUSTS 

  

   

GROSS ASSETS ($) 

CLERKS' FEES ($) 

  

   

DOCKETING ANNUAL REPORTS  

  

0 to 25,000.00 15.00 5.00 

25,000.00 to 75,000.00 25.00 10.00 

Over 75,000.00 35.00 15.00 

  

  

  

  

  

  


  

Rule 6

  

PROBATE FEES

  

Applications for ordinary probate fees shall be in the form appended and marked Exhibit A. Applications for extraordinary probate fees shall conform with Iowa Court Rule 7.2(3). 

  

  

  

Rule 7

  

PROBATE REFEREE

   

The probate referee shall complete the report required by Iowa Court Rule 7.4 and a worksheet (Exhibit B appended) before submitting a probate fee application to the court. 

  

  

  

Rule 8

  

PROBATE NOTICES

  

Probate notices shall advise interested parties that objections must be made in writing in conformity with Iowa Code Section 633.40(4).  


Rule 9

  

INHERITANCE TAX APPRAISAL FEE

  

Pursuant to Iowa Code Section 633.21, inheritance tax appraisers shall be paid actual mileage at the State rate and the following fees: 

  

  

PROPERTY VALUE ($) 

  

APPRAISER'S FEE ($)  

  

Under 25,000.00 

Between 25,000.00 and 100,000.00 

Between 100,000.00 and 200,000.00 

Between 200,000.00 and 400,000.00 

Between 400,000.00 and 750,000.00 

Between 750,000.00 and 1,000,000.00 

Over 1,000,000.00 

   

40.00 

50.00 

100.00 

200.00 

350.00 

450.00 

500.00 

   

  


  

EXHIBIT A 

   

IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR _________________________ COUNTY 

   

  

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE ) 

  

OF 

  

  

_____________________________________, ) 

DECEASED 

   

Probate No. ____________________ 

  

) APPLICATION FOR 

) COMPENSATION OF ATTORNEY 

) 

   

  

  

The attorney for the fiduciary makes application for fees in this case as follows: 

  

Value of the gross assets of the estate as listed on the probate inventory 

less of the joint tenancy property held with surviving spouse 

and less life insurance payable to designated beneficiary: $ __________ 

  

Maximum fee pursuant to Code of Iowa Section 633.197: __________ 

  

The attorney has performed usual services and will perform usual 

future services for which a fair and reasonable fee is: __________ 

  

The attorney has incurred the following expenses that should be 

reimbursed: _________ 

  

In support of this application, the attorney relies upon the contents of the court's probate file. The attorney has advised the fiduciary of the right to request that an itemization of services performed, time spent, and responsibilities assumed by the attorney be included in the final report for this estate in compliance with Code of Iowa Section 633.477(11). 

  

Fees will be paid in accordance with Iowa Court Rule 7.2(4). 

  

____________________________________ 

Attorney for Fiduciary 


  

EXHIBIT A (page 2) 

  

  

  

STATE OF IOWA, COUNTY OF BLACK HAWK) ss. 

  

The undersigned attorney solemnly swears or affirms that the statements in this application are true and correct and the undersigned has made no agreement to divide the compensation requested except with any bona fide law partner or any attorney serving jointly with the undersigned in relation to this estate. 

  

____________________________________ 

Attorney for Fiduciary 

  

Subscribed and sworn or affirmed before me this ____ day of ________________, 20____. 

  

____________________________________ 

Notary Public, State of Iowa 

  

  

  

REPORT OF REFEREE  

  

The undersigned Referee in Probate reports that the fees requested by the attorney (have/have not) been properly computed as provided by Code of Iowa Section 633.197 and (are/are not) presented in compliance with Iowa Court Rule 7.2. 

  

Dated ____________________, 20____. 

  

____________________________________ 

Referee in Probate 


  

EXHIBIT B 

  

REFEREE IN PROBATE 

PROBATE FEE APPLICATION WORKSHEET  

  

ASSETS 

  

Value of Gross Assets  

Inventory Amount  

  

A. $________________________ 

B. _______________________ 

C. ________________________ 

D. _______________________ 

E. ________________________ 

E-1 (100%) ________________________ 

F. ________________________ 

G. ________________________ 

H. ________________________ 

I. ________________________ 

  

SUBTOTAL GROSS ASSETS: $________________________ 

  

DEDUCTIONS  

  

joint tenancy from Schedule E: $________________________ 

and 

Life insurance from Schedule D: ________________________ 

  

SUBTOTAL DEDUCTIONS: ________________________ 

  

NET ASSETS (GROSS ASSETS LESS DEDUCTIONS): $________________________ 

  

Fee Computation  

  

6% of first $1,000.00 $________________________ 

4% of next 4,000.00 ________________________ 

2% of excess over $5,000.00 ______________________ 

  

MAXIMUM STATUTORY FEE: $________________________ 

  

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