Des Moines, June 30, 2015—Today is the last day of the 2014-15 Iowa Supreme Court adjudicative term. During the term, 106 cases were submitted to the court. Of those cases, 102 were decided by written opinions, two were voluntarily dismissed by the parties, one was dismissed by order of the court, and one was held over for resubmission next term.
McQuistion v. City of Clinton, number 14-0403, is held over for additional briefing and resubmission. All of the remaining cases submitted to the court are complete, and the opinions can be read on the Judicial Branch website. The oral arguments from the term can be watched on the Judicial Branch YouTube site.
The supreme court will begin its administrative term tomorrow. The court may schedule oral arguments for attorney ethics cases during the administrative term if necessary. Also during the administrative term, the court will continue to consider and dispose of applications for further review. From July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, this court examined and resolved 511 such applications; an additional 46 are currently under consideration. Oral arguments for all other cases will resume after September 1, 2015, when the 2015-16 adjudicative term begins.
During the administrative term, the supreme court will focus on the operations of the Judicial Branch, which includes setting the judicial branch budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The supreme court also regulates the practice of law in Iowa through its authority to admit persons to practice as attorneys in the courts of Iowa, to prescribe rules to supervise attorney conduct, and to discipline attorneys. It is the responsibility of the court to approve rules of procedure and practice used throughout the state courts in Iowa. The court has also supervisory control over the judicial branch and over all judicial officers and court employees.
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