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In the Matter of Appointment of the Chair to the Iowa Access to Justice Commission (September 21, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order appointing Justice Matthew McDermott as Chair of the Iowa Access to Justice Commission.

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to Chapter 16 Regarding Exhibit Maintenance Orders and the Filing of Social Records in Juvenile Court Proceedings (September 19, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting amendments to the Chapter 16 Iowa Rules of Electronic procedure. The amendments require that social reports and social records be filed using the correct corresponding Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) document type as well as remove the exemption from exhibit maintenance orders for juvenile court proceedings. The amendments take effect Monday, October 3, 2022. A background memo and instructions for filers accompany the court’s order and rule amendments. 

In the Matter of Adoption of Amendments to Chapters 31, 34, 35, 36, 41, 45, and 46 in Division III, Professional Regulation, of the Iowa Court Rules (September 19, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting amendments to chapters 31, 34, 35, 36, 41, 45, and 46 contained in Division III, Professional Regulation, of the Iowa Court Rules.

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to the Iowa Rules of Evidence in Chapter 5 of the Iowa Court Rules (September 14, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting amendments to the Iowa Rules of Evidence.  The amendments take effect January 1, 2023, subject to Legislative Council Review as provided by Iowa Code section 602.4202. 
 

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Chapter 70 of the Iowa Court Rules, Rules of Juvenile Court Services Directed Programs (September 9, 2022)

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In the Matter of Establishment of the Electronic Search Warrant Pilot Project (September 1, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order expanding the Electronic Search Warrant Pilot Project statewide and amending the Memorandum of Operation to reflect this expansion.

In the Matter of Adopting Revised Iowa Court Rules Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 Forms Relating to Involuntary Hospitalizations and Commitments (August 17, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting revised forms for Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules relating to involuntary hospitalizations and commitments. The forms will take effect on November 1, 2022, subject to Legislative Council review as provided by Iowa Code section 602.4202.

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In the Matter of the Uniform Bond Schedule Promulgated by the Judicial Council (June 24, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order approving the Judicial Council's review of the Uniform Bond Schedule.

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In the Matter of Amendment of Small Claims Form 3.8: Original Notice and Petition for Disposition of Abandoned Property (June 24, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order approving an amended Small Claims Form 3.8: Original Notice and Petition for Disposition of Abandoned Property. The new form 3.8 will         take effect July 1, 2022.

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In the Matter of Accepting Further Public Comment on the Proposed Revised Chapter 2 Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure Order (June 6, 2022)

The Iowa Supreme Court requests further public comment regarding proposed amendments to Chapter 2, Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure. The Criminal Rules Task Force will also hold a public session providing those who submit comments an opportunity to speak on August 5, 2022. The deadline for submitting comments is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022. If you wish to speak at the public session, please indicate that along with your comments.

In the Matter of Amendment of Iowa Court Rule 9.8(2) to Update Internal Rule Reference (March 22, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order updating an internal rule reference in Iowa Court Rule 9.8(2).

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In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules on Attorney Oath and Admissions (March 11, 2022)

The Iowa Supreme Court has approved amendments to chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules on attorney oaths and affirmations for admission, effective April 1, 2022.

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In the Matter of Amending Rule 7.4—Form 1: Report of Referee (February 24, 2022)

The Chief Justice signed an order adopting amendments to Rule 7.4–Form 1: Report of Referee. The form is temporarily adopted effective immediately and will take permanent effect subject to Legislative Council review consistent with the provisions of Iowa Code section 602.4202. 

In the Matter of Withdrawal of Revised Chapter 2 Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure (February 17, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order withdrawing the revised Chapter 2 Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure submitted to Legislative Council, pursuant to Iowa Code section 602.4202, on January 31, 2022. 

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to the Iowa Rules of Evidence in Chapter 5 of the Iowa Court Rules (February 15, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order requesting public comment on proposed amendments to the Iowa Rules of Evidence.  The comment period closes April 16, 2022.

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In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (February 11, 2022)

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.

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In the Matter of Adopting Revised Chapter 2 Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure (January 31, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting a revised Chapter 2 Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure. These rules will take effect on July 1, 2022, subject to Legislative Council review as provided by Iowa Code section 602.4202. This includes criminal cases filed after that date and criminal cases already pending on that date. However, judicial districts or individual district judges may, in the exercise of their discretion, exempt any case that was pending before July 1, 2022, from one or more of the revised rules.

In the Matter of Mandatory Mediation in Family Law Cases (January 20, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order providing for mandatory mediation or judicial settlement conferences in family law cases where at least one party is represented by counsel.

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In the Matter of the Iowa Business Specialty Court (January 18, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting an amended memorandum of operation for the Iowa Business Specialty Court. The amended memorandum changes the State Court Administrator's report on the business court from annual to biannual and provides for the appointment of a settlement conference judge in business court cases. No substantive amendments were made to the business court's operation or procedures.

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In the Matter of Adopting Amendments to Chapter 25 Expanded News Media Coverage (January 14, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen has signed an order adopting amendments to Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules regarding expanded news media coverage of remote district court proceedings and livestreamed appellate court oral arguments.
 

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Chapter 25 Amendments (311.00 KB)

In the Matter of Mandatory Education for Judicial Officers and Judicial Branch Staff (January 12, 2022)

Chief Justice Christensen signed an order regarding mandatory education for judicial officers and judicial branch staff. 

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