Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court
The Iowa Supreme Court is composed of seven justices. Appointments to the court are made by the
governor from a list of nominees submitted by the State Judicial Nominating
Commission. To be considered for
appointment a person must be an attorney licensed to practice in Iowa.
A justice serves an initial term of office that is one year
after appointment and until January 1 following the next judicial retention
election after expiration of such year.
The regular term of office of justices retained at election is eight
years. A justice must retire upon
reaching the age of 72. A retired
justice may serve as a senior judge if assigned by the court to the senior
The justices elect the chief justice. The term of chief justice corresponds with
the term of the justice serving in that capacity.