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The Iowa Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments in Orange City

April 13, 2023

The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in three cases in the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center (The Theora England Wilcox Theatre), 721 Albany Avenue SE, Orange City, Thursday, May 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.  The oral arguments are open to the public, and the court encourages people to attend.  There will be time after the arguments for questions unrelated to any pending cases before the court. 

The court will hear attorneys argue the cases of State v. Jeremiah Ray Janes, a Dallas County case, In re Marriage of Yvonne Lynn Taylor and Timothy James Taylor, a Dickinson County case, and In re Estate of Delores I. Todd, an Ida County case.

Case context:
22-0748 State v. Janes
Jeremiah Janes was convicted of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver (5 grams or less).  Janes challenges the denial of his motion to suppress claiming the odor of marijuana in parking lot alone was insufficient to justify his seizure by police (“I’m going to have you guys stay here until I can figure out where this odor of marijuana is coming from . . . .”) and that the seizure was unjustifiably extended. 

22-1155 In re Marriage of Taylor 
Timothy Taylor appeals the amount and duration of the spousal support he has been ordered to pay Yvonne Taylor under their dissolution decree, contending transitional rather than traditional support is appropriate.  He also asserts each party should have been ordered to pay one-half of the 2021 federal and state income taxes. 

22-1211 In re Estate of Todd
Two of the decedent Delores Todd’s seven children argue the district court did not properly interpret their mother’s handwritten will.  They maintain Delores intended for each of her children to equally share in the value of her real estate. 

The Iowa Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court.  It reviews appeals from trial court decisions that have been transferred to the court of appeals by the Iowa Supreme Court.  A decision of the Iowa Court of Appeals is final unless reviewed by the Iowa Supreme Court on grant of further review.  Some opinions of the Iowa Court of Appeals are published and become precedent for subsequent cases.  The majority of appeals filed in Iowa are decided by the Court of Appeals.

Appeals cases are a multi-judge review of a single judge’s decision.  There are no jury members at these proceedings.  Typically, the Court of Appeals decides cases with randomly selected panels that change in composition every three months.  For more information about the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa court system, visit the Iowa Judicial Branch website at
Note to news media 
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

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at

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Steve Davis
Communications Director
Iowa Judicial Branch
[email protected]

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