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In the Matter of the Appointment of the 4th Judicial District Chief Judge (November 9, 2021)

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In the Matter of the Appointment of the Chief Judges of the District Court (November 9, 2021)

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In the Matter of Appointment to the Iowa Access to Justice Commission (November 8, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order appointing a member to the Iowa Access to Justice Commission.

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In the Matter of Reapportionment of State Senatorial and Representative Districts (November 5, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding the reapportionment of state senatorial and representative districts.

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In the Matter of Appointments to the Iowa Access to Justice Commission (October 13, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order making appointments and re-appointments to the Iowa Access to Justice Commission.

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to Chapter 16 Regarding Exhibit Maintenance Orders (October 11, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order establishing deadlines for the digital admission of hearing and trial exhibits as well as the filing of exhibit maintenance orders. The new deadlines are effective November 1, 2021.

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In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Child Support Guidelines, Chapter 9 of the Iowa Court Rules (September 30, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order regarding amendments to Iowa Court Rule 9.5(2), which will take effect January 1, 2022.

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In the Matter of Appointments and Reappointments to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Probate Procedures and Forms (September 16, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order appointing new members and reappointing members to the Advisory Committee on Probate Procedures and Forms.

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In the Matter of Appointments and Reappointments to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Juvenile Procedure (September 16, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order appointing new members and reappointing members to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Juvenile Procedure.

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In the Matter of Reapportionment of State Senatorial and Representative Districts (September 14, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding the reapportionment of state senatorial and representative districts. 

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In the Matter of Adoption of Amendments to Chapters 31, 34, 36-43, 46, 47, and 49 in Division III, Professional Regulation, of the Iowa Court Rules (September 14, 2021)

Chief Justice has signed an order approving amendments to multiple chapters of the Iowa Court Rules in Division III--Professional Regulation. These amendments are effective October 1, 2021.

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to Iowa Court Rule chapter 46—Rules of the Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters (September 14, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order requesting public comment on proposed amendments to chapter 46 of the Iowa Court Rules relating to certification of court reporters.  The public comment period will close November 15, 2021. 

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to the Iowa Child Support Guidelines, Chapter 9 of the Iowa Court Rules (September 3, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order approving amendments and updates to the Iowa Child Support Guidelines.

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In the Matter of the Uniform Bond Schedule Promulgated by the Judicial Council (September 1, 2021)

Pursuant to Iowa Code section 804.21(5), the Judicial Council has conducted a periodic review of the Uniform Bond Schedule and finds that no change from the current bond schedule is necessary. 

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In the Matter of Establishing the Iowa Rules of Evidence Substantive Review Task Force and Appointment of Members (August 31, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order establishing the Iowa Rules of Evidence Substantive Review Task Force and appointing members.

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to Chapter 16 Regarding Property Management Entities Acting as Filing Agents (August 30, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order amending the Iowa Rules of Electronic Procedure to permit property management entities to electronically file on behalf of titled property owners in actions concerning residential rental property.
 

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (August 27, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order requiring facial coverings for all people entering court-controlled spaces. 

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In the Matter of Establishment of the Electronic Search Warrant Pilot Project, Amended Memorandum of Operation and April 27, 2020 Order (August 6, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adding additional counties to the Electronic Search Warrant Pilot Project and amending the Memorandum of Operation to reflect the inclusion of the additional counties.

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In the Mater of Filing a Notice of Firearms Prohibition Pursuant to Iowa Code §724.31A (June 24, 2021)

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In the Matter of Ongoing COVID-19 Iowa Judicial Branch Court Services and Processes Continued to January 1, 2022 (June 21, 2021)

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. 

In the Matter of Mediation Training Requirements for Inclusion on the Family Law Mediator List (June 17, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding training requirements for inclusion on the family law mediator list. 

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Order Rescinding Certain COVID-19 Orders (June 17, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding physical distancing and cleansing requirements for all court-controlled spaces.

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In the Matter of Judicial Officer Vacation Carryover and Senior Judge Service Time (June 16, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order regarding judicial officer vacation carryover. 

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to the Iowa Child Support Guidelines, Chapter 9 of Iowa Court Rules (June 14, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order seeking public comment on the recommendations of the 2021 Report of the Iowa Child Support Guidelines Review Committee.  Comments are due by August 13, 2021.

In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services and Rule 1.944 (May 24, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order suspending rule 1.944 notice requirements for one year

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (May 14, 2021)

Today Chief Justice Christensen signed an order revising the face-covering requirement in court-controlled spaces. 

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In the Matter of Appointment to the Lessons Learned Task Force (May 5, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order appointing Chief Judge Bower, Iowa Court of Appeals, to the Lessons Learned Task Force.

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In the Matter of Lessons Learned From the Judicial Branch Response To COVID-19 (April 28, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order creating the Lessons Learned Task Force to review the formal orders and informal policies or practices adopted by the branch in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and make recommendations to the supreme court on rules, policies, or practices that should be retained, modified, or stopped

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to Chapter 16 Regarding the Submission of Potentially Dangerous Exhibits (Amended April 12, 2021) (April 9, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an amended order adopting an amendment to chapter 16 of the Iowa Court Rules concerning the submission of potentially dangerous exhibits to court clerks. The amendment is effective immediately

In the Matter of Resuming Family Law Trials Postponed by COVID-19 (April 9, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order amending the court’s July 9, 2020 In the Matter of Resuming Family Law Trials Postponed by COVID-19 order. The third amendment replaces the mediation/judicial settlement conference report form with a new streamlined form. The new report form is adopted effectively immediately. 

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In the Matter of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Attorney Well-Being and the Iowa Lawyers Assistance Program (March 11, 2021)

In order to help lawyers and judges who may be struggling with attorney wellness, mental health, and alcohol/substance abuse, the Court has authorized informal referrals from the Attorney Disciplinary Board to the Iowa Lawyers Assistance Program.
 

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (March 11, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order supplementing the court’s previous supervisory orders relating to forcible entry and detainer actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new order is consistent with the current CDC guidelines.

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In the Matter of the July 2021 Iowa Bar Examination (March 11, 2021)

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In the Matter of Adopting Felony Conviction Challenge for Cause Amendments to Chapter 1 Rules of Civil Procedure and Chapter 2 Rules of Criminal Procedure (February 19, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order amending Iowa Rule of Civil Procedure 1.915(6)(a) and Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.18(5)(a) to clarify that these rules do not allow a challenge for cause of a prospective juror whose citizenship rights have been restored. These amendments are temporarily adopted effective immediately and will take permanent effect subject to Legislative Council review as provided by Iowa Code section 602.4202.

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In the Matter of Resuming Family Law Trials Postponed by COVID-19 (February 12, 2021)

In the Matter of the Information Sheet for Protective Order Registry and Service of Protective Orders (February 9, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order approving a revised "Information Sheet for Protective Order Registry and Service of Protective Orders."  The revised form is available from the Iowa Judicial Branch website in a fillable and savable format.

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In the Matter of Adopting Chapter 2 Criminal Case Expungement Rules (January 29, 2021)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting new chapter 2 criminal case expungement rules and forms. These new rules and forms will become effective for expungement applications filed on or after July 1, 2021, subject to Legislative Council review as provided by Iowa Code section 602.4202.

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