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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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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 occurred when Chief Justice Mark Cady passed away on November 15, 2019. The Commission received notice of the vacancy from Governor Reynolds on November 20, 2019.  The Commission has sixty days to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court.  

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Celebration of Life Arrangements Announced for Chief Justice Mark Cady

The Iowa Supreme Court today announced arrangements to honor Chief Justice Mark Cady, who passed away on Friday. A public celebration of life is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2019, in the Knapp Center on the Drake University campus, 2601 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, beginning at 10:00 am. The family will greet the public after the service. Members of the public are invited to honor Chief Justice Cady for the significant contributions he made to the Iowa Judicial Branch and judicial independence. Private family services are planned.

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