The Iowa Supreme Court today announced its 2021-2022 adjudicative term calendar, including a special evening session to hear oral arguments in Des Moines, special sessions at Drake and Iowa law schools, and a special session in Oskaloosa. The court's adjudicative term is from September 2, 2021, to June 30, 2022.
Today, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a supervisory order requiring face coverings for all people entering court-controlled areas in all 99 counties regardless of a person’s vaccination status or a county or area’s positivity rate or transmission status. The order is available here https://www.iowacourts.gov/collections/650/files/1379/embedDocument/
Chief Justice Susan Christensen has appointed District Judge Patrick H. Tott, Sioux City, as chief judge of the Third Judicial District. Judge Tott succeeds Chief Judge Duane E. Hoffmeyer who will retire August 5, 2021. Judge Tott will begin the position of chief judge August 6, 2021.
June 30, 2021, is the last day of the 2020-2021 Iowa Supreme Court adjudicative term. During the term, 121 cases were submitted to the court. The court decided 120 cases by majority written opinions and held over one case, State of Iowa v. Hollis Bear, case number 20-0401, for resubmission.
Fourteen Iowans applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that will occur upon the retirement of Judge Richard Doyle.
The Iowa Supreme Court approved a 2021-2022 judicial branch budget that will provide the courts the resources needed to transition from pandemic court services and processes to post-pandemic operations. The $189,640,252 budget, a 4.7 percent increase over the current fiscal year's budget, includes additional funding for four district associate judges and 17 clerks of court positions for mostly rural counties.
Fourteen Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that will occur when Judge Richard Doyle retires on August 7, 2021.
The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases at the Chautauqua conference at Arrowwood Resort, 1405 Highway 71, Okoboji, on June 3, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. The arguments are open to the public and the court encourages people to attend. The Arrowwood Resort will require those in attendance to wear a face covering and socially distance and will provide hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building.
The court will hear attorneys argue the cases of State v. King, a Webster County case, and In re the Marriage of Angela Towne and Larry Towne, an O’Brien County case.
Des Moines, May 5, 2021— The State Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for selecting nominees for appointment to the Iowa Court of Appeals, announced today it will begin accepting applications for the vacancy on the court that will occur when Judge Richard Doyle retires on August 7, 2021. The Commission received notice of the vacancy from Governor Reynolds on April 27, 2021. The Commission has sixty days to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court.
The Iowa Supreme Court has approved $195,695.03 in grants to non-profit programs that provide legal assistance to low-income Iowans with civil legal problems. The court awarded grants to eleven 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 $25 million in IOLTA grants since the program began on July 1, 1985.