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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (December 30, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order supplementing previous forcible-and-detainer-related (FED-related) supervisory orders relating to the spread of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19.

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In the Matter of Adoption of Amendments to the Bar Examination Application Process, Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules (December 18, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order adopting amendments to Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules concerning the bar examination application process.

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In the Matter of the Court Reporter Workforce (December 14, 2020)

Today, Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding the judicial branch court reporter workforce.  The substance of this order is substantially similar to the November 12, 2009 order. 

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In the Matter of the Informal Family Law Trial Program for Self-Represented Litigants (December 1, 2020)

The Chief Justice signed an order approving the implementation of district plans for the informal family law trial programs.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (November 24, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order today regarding the ongoing provisions relating to COVID-19's impact on court services.

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to Chapter 22 Iowa Judicial Branch Travel Reimbursement Rules (November 23, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting amendments to Iowa Court Rules chapter 22, regarding judicial branch travel reimbursement rules.

In the Matter of the Carroll County ODR Pilot Project (November 20, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding the new Carroll County Online Dispute Resolution Pilot Project.

In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (November 10, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order postponing all jury trials until February 1, 2021. 

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In the Matter of the February 2021 Iowa Bar Examination (October 9, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding the February 2021 bar exam.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (October 2, 2020)

In the Matter of Establishment of the Iowa Rules of Appellate Procedure Review Task Force (September 15, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order establishing the Iowa Appellate Rules of Procedure Review Task Force.

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

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order on judicial discretion regarding remote technology in certain juvenile proceedings. 

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In the Matter of Iowa Judicial Branch Online Information Security Awareness Training (August 31, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order requiring judicial branch employees to complete a yearly online information security awareness training. 

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In the Matter of Adoption of Amendments to Registration of House Counsel Rule 31.16 and CLE Requirement Rule 41.3(3) (August 28, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting amendments to the registration of house counsel provisions in rule 31.16, and striking rule 41.3(3), eliminating the cap on unmoderated CLE credits.

In the Matter of Adoption of Amendments to Chapter 32, Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct (August 28, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting amendments to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct in chapter 32 of the Iowa Court Rules, effective January 1, 2021.

Request for Public Comment on Proposed Chapter 2 Criminal Case Expungement Rules (August 26, 2020)

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to Chapter 16 Allowing Court Interpreter Access to Case Documents (August 26, 2020)

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to the Bar Examination Application Process, Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules (August 19, 2020)

In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster (August 19, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order to extend the filing deadline to Tuesday, August 25, for filings otherwise due during the date range from August 10 to August 17, for attorneys with an office or residence in four counties, Clinton, Linn, Marshall, Poweshiek, still affected by power and internet outages caused by the "derecho."

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In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster (August 17, 2020)

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In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster (August 14, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order to extend the filing deadline to Tuesday, August 18, for filings otherwise due during the date range from August 10 to August 17, for attorneys with an office or residence in two additional Iowa counties that are declared state disaster areas.

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In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster (August 13, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding Iowans' access to justice following the "derecho" natural disaster.

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

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding the ongoing provisions for coronavirus/COVID-19's impact on court services. 

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In Matter of Iowa Court Rule 1.1901-Form 14: Subpoena Form to Testify at Hearing or Trial in a Civil Action (July 31, 2020)

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

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order today regarding the resumption of appellate oral arguments during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order today regarding the resumption of jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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In the Matter of Adopting State Court Administration's Proposed Amendments to Chapter 47, Court Interpreter and Translator Rules (July 20, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order today accepting State Court Administration's proposed changes to Chapter 47.

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

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

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

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In the Matter of Interim Procedures Governing Ability to Pay Determinations and Conversion of Restitution Orders (July 7, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding the interim procedures governing the ability to pay determinations and conversion of restitution orders.

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In the Matter of Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Chapter 2, Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure - Extension of Comment Period (June 26, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order extending the comment period for the proposed amendments to Chapter 2, Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure. 

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In the Matter of the July 2020 Iowa Bar Examination (June 5, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order today regarding new procedures for the July 2020 Iowa Bar Exam.

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 31.16 - Registration of House Counsel (June 2, 2020)

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In the Matter of Appointments to the 2020 Iowa Child Support Guidelines Review Committee (June 1, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order appointing members of the 2020 Iowa Child Support Guidelines Review Committee.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronovirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (May 22, 2020)

In the Matter of Resuming Family Law Trials Postponed by Coronavirus/COVID-19 (May 22, 2020)

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In the Matter of Prioritization of Cases and Duties (May 22, 2020)

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (May 8, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed a supervisory order regarding further actions taken in response to COVID-19.

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

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In the Matter of Resuming Jury Trials Postponed by Coronoavirus/COVID-19 (May 6, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order creating the Jumpstart Jury Task Force. The Task Force will make recommendations to the supreme court regarding temporary policies and procedures for jury trials resuming following the COVID-19 postponements.

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In the Matter of the Establishment of the Electronic Search Warrant Pilot Project (April 27, 2020)

Today Chief Justice Christensen signed a supervisory order authorizing an electronic search warrant pilot project in Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, and Page counties.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (April 17, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has filed an order regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on court services.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact On Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Youth and Families (April 6, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has filed an order regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on child welfare and juvenile justice for youth and families.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (April 2, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has filed an order regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on court services. 
 

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact Amended March 28, 2020 Order on Court Services (March 31, 2020)

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Chapter 2, Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure (March 30, 2020)

The Iowa Supreme Court requests public comment regarding proposed amendments to Chapter 2, Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure.  The deadline for submitting comments is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

In the Matter of Preparation for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on the Boards and Commissions Overseen by the Office of Professional Regulation (March 27, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed a supervisory order regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on the boards and commissions overseen by the Office of Professional Regulation.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact On Court Services (March 17, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed a supervisory order permitting new ways to access courts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

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In the Matter of Preparation For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact On the Office of Professional Regulation (March 16, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed a supervisory order detailing preparations aimed at minimizing coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on the Office of Professional Regulation.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Preparation For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact On Court Services (March 14, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed a supervisory order instituting procedures to keep the courts open to the fullest possible extent while protecting public safety by mitigating the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19. 

In the Matter of Preparation for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Juvenile Court Services (March 13, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed a supervisory order detailing preparations aimed at minimizing coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on juvenile court services.

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In the Matter of Preparation for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (March 12, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed a supervisory order detailing preparations aimed at minimizing coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on the services the judicial branch provides Iowans.

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Chapter 47, Court Interpreter and Translator Rules (March 9, 2020)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order requesting public comment regarding proposed amendments to Chapter 47, court interpreter and translator rules.  The deadline for submitting comments is 4:30 p.m. on May 8, 2020.

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