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COVID-19 Information and Updates

Iowa Judicial Branch COVID-19 Information and Updates

The following preparedness information is provided in response to the threat of the coronavirus. Our objectives through this communication are to keep courts open to the fullest possible extent while protecting public safety by mitigating the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19.

Orders

These orders are the most recent COVID-19 related orders. If you are looking for previous orders, click here to view the archived orders. 

In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (September 1, 2020)

Amended Order

In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster (August 19, 2020)
Extends deadline to August 25, 2020, for Clinton, Linn, Marshall, and Poweshiek counties.

In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster (August 17, 2020)
Add Cass and Guthrie to the counties covered by the August 13, 2020 order

In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster (August 14, 2020)
Adds Audubon and Madison to the counties covered by the August 13, 2020 order

In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster (August 13, 2020)
Extends court filing deadlines in counties declared disaster areas after the catastrophic "derecho" windstorm.

In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (July 31, 2020)

In the Matter of Resuming Appellate Oral Arguments During COVID-19 (July 29, 2020)

In the Matter of Resuming Jury Trials During COVID-19 (July 22, 2020)

In the Matter of Case Prioritization of Cases and Duties (July 9, 2020)

In the Matter of Resuming In Person Court Services During COVID-19 (July 9, 2020)

In the Matter of Resuming Family Law Trials Postponed by COVID-19 (July 9, 2020)

Family Law Mediation Report Form (July 9, 2020)

In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact On Court Services (May 22, 2020)

In the Matter of the Administration of the July 2020 Iowa Bar Examination (May 6, 2020)

Utilizing GoToMeeting and Zoom

As the judicial branch navigates the reopening of courthouses across the state, continuing to utilize video conferencing for applicable meetings is encouraged. Below you will find links and information on how to use GoToMeeting and Zoom, two free video conferencing services.

GoToMeeting

Zoom 

Resources for Self-Represented Litigants

Representing Yourself

Iowa Judicial Branch Online Court Forms

Helpful Links

Summary of Jury Trial Evaluations

Iowa State Association of Counties Interactive Map

Jumpstart Jury Trial Task Force Report and Recommendations for Resuming Jury Trials during the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 6, 2020)

Jumpstart Family Law Trials Task Force Report (June 26, 2020)

The Iowa State Association of Counties/Iowa Judicial Branch Recommended Checklist for Mitigating Exposure to COVID-19 While Providing Services to the Public (June 10, 2020)

Resuming Court Operations in Courtrooms and Court-Controlled Spaces with Checklist (June 8, 2020)

State of Iowa COVID-19 Information 

Iowa Department of Public Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 FAQs (September 22, 2020)

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