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Polk

Judicial District:
5
Chief Judge:
Michael Huppert

Clerk of Court

500 Mulberry Street
Room 212
Des Moines, IA  50309
Phone: 515-286-3772

Case Scheduling

Colleen Adams
515-286-3704

Pay Fines Online

Use our convenient, online payment service to pay fines, surcharges and fees with a major credit card 24/7.

Pay Fines Online

District Court Administrator

Christopher Patterson
515-286-3198

Juror Information

Contact Information:

The Jury Clerk can be reached at 286-3769

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Courthouse Directions

The Polk County Courthouse is located on 5th & Mulberry Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The public entrance is on the south side of the building on Cherry Street. The wheelchair accessible entrance is on the north side of the building on Mulberry Street.

What to Wear to Court

Please report for jury service wearing respectable clothes.  As a general rule, business or business casual clothing is acceptable.  The following types of clothing are not suitable for court proceedings:  shorts, tube tops, halter tops, clothing that contain any obscene, suggestive or inflammatory print or images, and clothes that are overly dirty or ragged.

Where to Park

Jurors can park for free at any of the City of Des Moines parking ramps. The closest locations are 210 Second Avenue (entrance on 3rd Avenue), 4th and Grand (entrance on 4th and Grand) and 8th and Mulberry Street. Bring your parking stub with you and present it to the Jury Clerk for validation each day you serve on a jury. Parking in any other facility or at a meter will be at your own expense.

Courthouse Security Information

For the protection of all who uses the Courthouse, all persons entering will pass through an airport style security metal detector.  No weapons of any type will be allowed inside the Polk County Courthouse.  This will include, but not be limited to the following items:  any and all types of firearms; all types of knives, including any size pocketknife or cutting instrument; any form of chemical agent such as mace, pepper spray or OC spray; Cat’s eyes or any other type of self-defense weapon commonly carried on key rings.  Anyone attempting to enter the courthouse while in possession of these or any other type of weapon will be asked to secure the item in a vehicle or location off the courthouse property prior to returning for admittance.

Jury Check-in Information

Report to the Jury Lounge, Room 303, third floor.

Absences / Emergencies

Should you or your family have an emergency during your jury service, leave a message with the Jury Clerk at 286-3769.  If a sudden illness or emergency prevents your attendance, please call the Jury Clerk at 286-3769.

Travel, Mileage, and Other Expenses

Jurors are reimbursed for travel to and from residence to the courthouse at a rate approved by the supreme court.  If you do not know the mileage, you can look it up on Mapquest.com.

Compensation

Pursuant to state law, you will be paid $30 a day for each day of your jury service up to seven days; $50 a day for eight or more days of service.  You may waive the right to compensation, which will help reduce the state’s cost of operating the court system. 

ADA Coordinator

Christopher Patterson
515-286-3394
christopher.patterson@iowacourts.gov

THANKS!  On behalf of the Iowa Courts, thank you for performing this important service.  Jury service is one of the most important duties of citizenship.  This is your opportunity to participate in this fundamental and vital process of democracy.

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