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2020 Annual Report

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FY 2022 Budget Request

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The Iowa Judicial Branch is dedicated to providing independent and accessible forums for the fair and prompt resolution of disputes.


Watch for your juror postcard

The Iowa Judicial Branch has launched a new juror notification process using postcards to notify prospective jurors with information on how to complete the juror questionnaire online.


For Teachers and Students

The We the Jury video helps students learn about the evolution of the jury system, how the system works, and how the right to trial by jury was guaranteed to all American citizens in the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. 


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Latest News

January 26, 2021

In the Balance, Iowa's Judicial Branch podcast has released its sixth episode featuring an interview with the chief judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals, Thomas Bower.

January 25, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals has reselected Judge Thomas N. Bower, Cedar Falls, as chief judge. At the first meeting in each odd-numbered year, the judges of the court of appeals by majority vote designate one judge as chief judge, to serve for a two-year term. Chief Judge Bower has served on the court of appeals since 2012 and was first elected chief judge in 2019 when Chief Judge Gayle Nelson Vogel retired.


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The Iowa Judicial Branch dedicates itself to providing independent and accessible forums for fair and prompt resolution of disputes, administering justice under law equally to all persons.

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