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Special Request for Comments

The Iowa Judicial Branch has implemented a number of court rules, practices, and procedures during the Covid-19 pandemic to prioritize the safety of court users and judicial branch personnel while maintaining court operations with as little disruption as possible.  There have been innovations, interruptions, and lessons learned. 

Recently, the Iowa Supreme Court established the Lessons Learned Task Force to make recommendations to the court on rules, policies, or practices that should be retained, modified, or discontinued.  The task force will make recommendations to the court by June 4, 2021.

To assist the task force with its significant charge in a short timeframe, the supreme court invites members of the public, court users, and judicial branch personnel to provide comment on whether pandemic related court rules, policies, or practices should be retained, modified, or discontinued.  

This is a unique opportunity to explore adoption of lasting innovations to court rules, policies, and practices and access to the Iowa court system. 

The form summarizes the policies or practices the court implemented between March 12, 2020, and November 30, 2020, in response to the pandemic.  The rules, policies, or practices are numbered sequentially and fall within the following general categories:

Remote Technology
Scheduling 
Personal Protective Equipment 
Criminal Cases
Juvenile Law
Appellate Proceedings
Electronic Signatures
Family Law
Office of Professional Regulation
Forcible Entry and Detainer 
Temporary Email Filings 

You are invited to comment on as many or few of the rules, policies, or practices as you like. Please use the fillable form and return it to: Lessonslearned@iowacourts.gov on or before Friday, May 21, 2021.

Summary of Current Iowa Court Covid-Related Processes Form

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