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.
These orders are the most recent COVID-19 related orders. If you are looking for previous orders, click here to view the archived orders.
Chief Justice Christensen signed an order discontinuing the mask requirement for people entering court-controlled spaces, with judges retaining discretion to address COVID-related safety measures in proceedings as necessary on a case-by-case basis.
Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order regarding Covid protocols.
Amended Order (December 8, 2021)
Chief Justice Christensen signed an order requiring facial coverings for all people entering court-controlled spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
Chief Justice Christensen signed an order extending deadlines from June 30, 2021 until January 1, 2022 for the existing protocols, policies and procedures in the Amended November 24, 2020 order.
Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding physical distancing and cleansing requirements for all court-controlled spaces.
Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding training requirements for inclusion on the family law mediator list.
Chief Justice Christensen signed an order suspending rule 1.944 notice
requirements for one year.
Today Chief Justice Christensen signed an order revising the face-covering
requirement in court-controlled spaces.
Supreme court establishes the Lessons Learned Task Force to
make recommendations to the supreme court on rules, policies, or practices
that should be retained, modified, or stopped.
Chief Justice Christensen signed an order appointing Chief Judge Bower, Iowa Court of Appeals, to the Lessons Learned Task Force.
Supreme court orders provisions for remote techonology/scheduling, PPE, provisions for criminal cases, juvenile law, appellate proceedings, family law, OPR, FED, and email filing.
Amended Order (November 30, 2020)
Paragraph 24 Replacement (December 14, 2020)
Iowa Supreme Court postpones jury trials until February 2021.
On September 4, 2020, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order entitled "Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19."
Supplemental Order (December 30, 2020)
Extends the CDC Evictions Order to January 31, 2021
Supplemental Order (March 11, 2021)
Extends the CDC Evictions Order to March 31, 2021 unless the CDC is extended to a new date, in which this order will automatically extend as well
Iowa Supreme Court Memo Re CDC Eviction Moratorium Issues (August 6, 2021)
Supreme court provides provisions for judicial discretion regarding remote technology in certain juvenile proceedings.
Supreme court provides guidelines and provisions for foreclosures, speedy trial issues, judicial officer vacation roll over, and CLE caps.
Supreme court order consolidating all information regarding measures taken to protect Iowan’s from COVID-19 exposure.
In the Matter of Resuming Jury Trials During COVID-19 (July 22, 2020)
Supreme court issues policies and procedures for resumption of jury trials.
In the Matter of Case Prioritization of Cases and Duties (July 9, 2020)
Supreme court issues list of cases and duties which afford priority.
Supreme court issues orders for guidance as courts resume face-to-face services.
Supreme court order regarding the postponement of family law trials due to the coronavirus.
Supreme court orders new timeline to safely resume face-to-face court proceedings.
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.
Informal Family Law Trial Programs
Resources for Self-Represented Litigants
Jumpstart Family Law Trials Task Force Report (June 26, 2020)
COVID-19 FAQs (August 11, 2021)