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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 that will occur when Justice Bruce B. Zager retires September 3, 2018. The Commission has sixty days to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court.  

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Supreme Court Approves Grants to Support Civil Legal Services for Low-Income Iowans

The Iowa Supreme Court has approved $254,818 in grants to non-profit programs that provide legal assistance to low-income Iowans with civil legal problems. The court awarded grants to twelve different organizations throughout Iowa. The grants are funded by the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) program. With this year's grants, the supreme court has awarded more than $24.8 million in IOLTA grants since the program began on July 1, 1985.

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Iowa Supreme Court Justice Bruce Zager to retire

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Bruce B. Zager, Waterloo, announced his retirement effective September 3, 2018. Justice Zager’s judicial career spans 19 years, including 12 years on the district court bench. He began serving on the supreme court March 23, 2011.

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The Iowa Supreme Court Mourns the Passing of Former Justice Jerry L. Larson

The Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, former colleagues, and friends remember Iowa Supreme Court Justice Jerry L. Larson, Harlan, today as a dedicated public servant whose long career combined a profound respect for the rule of law, an unwavering support for fair and impartial courts, and a great fondness for his hometown and the Shelby County Courthouse.

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Polk County Begins Pretrial Public Safety Assessment

Polk County district courts today began using the Public Safety Assessment (PSA), a pretrial risk assessment, in all pretrial hearings. The PSA assists judges in determining whether to detain or release a defendant before trial.

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State of the Judiciary Message — January 10

Des Moines, January 4, 2018— On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the House Chambers, Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court will address a joint convention of the General Assembly on the Condition of the Judiciary. Live video will be streamed on the Iowa Legislature...
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