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Iowa Supreme Court Schedules Special Evening Session in Des Moines

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Karen Cohen v. David Clark and 2800-1 LLC, during a special evening session in Des Moines, Monday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the fourth floor of the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue.

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Judicial Nominating Commission begins process for selecting nominees for Supreme Court vacancy

The State Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for selecting nominees for appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court, announced today it will begin accepting applications for the vacancy on the court that will occur when Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins retires on March 13, 2020. The Commission received notice of the vacancy from Governor Reynolds on January 14, 2020.  The Commission has sixty days to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court. 

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Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins to retire

Today, Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins, West Des Moines, announced his retirement effective March 13, 2020. Acting Chief Justice Wiggins was appointed to the supreme court in 2003. His complete biography is on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at 

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State of the Judiciary Message — January 15

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 10 a.m. in the House Chambers, Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins of the Iowa Supreme Court will address a joint convention of the General Assembly on the Condition of the Judiciary.

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Federal grant to benefit problem solving courts serving Iowans statewide

The Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded the Iowa Judicial Branch a three-year, $500,000 grant to establish uniform standards for Iowa’s adult problem solving courts and to implement a long-term strategy to create a statewide system of support and accountability. Implementation of the strategy began with the recent hiring of a Statewide Problem Solving Court Coordinator. The strategy also includes the development and implementation of standard data collection and performance measurement policies and the formation of an Iowa problem solving court professionals association that will provide training, create opportunities for collaboration, and assist in the implementation of best practices.

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