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Judicial Nominating Commission begins process for selecting nominees for Supreme Court vacancy

The State Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for selecting nominees for appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court, announced today it will begin accepting applications for the vacancy on the court that occurred when Chief Justice Mark Cady passed away on November 15, 2019. The Commission received notice of the vacancy from Governor Reynolds on November 20, 2019.  The Commission has sixty days to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court.  

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Celebration of Life Arrangements Announced for Chief Justice Mark Cady

The Iowa Supreme Court today announced arrangements to honor Chief Justice Mark Cady, who passed away on Friday. A public celebration of life is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2019, in the Knapp Center on the Drake University campus, 2601 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, beginning at 10:00 am. The family will greet the public after the service. Members of the public are invited to honor Chief Justice Cady for the significant contributions he made to the Iowa Judicial Branch and judicial independence. Private family services are planned.

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Iowa Judicial Branch Mourns the Passing of Chief Justice Cady

The Iowa Judicial Branch is saddened to report that Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady has passed away. He was a wonderful individual and exceptional judge, respected and beloved by his fellow jurists. His passing is a great loss to the court and the state he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Becky and his family.

Statement from the family:
“Tonight, the state lost a great man, husband, father, grandfather, and jurist. Chief Justice Mark Cady passed away unexpectedly this evening from a heart attack. Arrangements are pending.”  

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Supreme Court Selects Business Court Judges

The Iowa Supreme Court has selected District Judge Sarah Crane, Des Moines, and District Judge Kurt Stoebe, Fort Dodge, as Iowa Business Specialty Court judges. These judges will join Judge Lawrence P. McLellan, Judge Sean W. McPartland, and Judge John D. Telleen, as business court judges.

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