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Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Keokuk

August 25, 2016

Des Moines, August 25, 2016 — On Monday, September 19, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Keokuk, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Grand Theater, 26 N 6th Street. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

The court will hear attorneys argue in the following case:

Residential and Agricultural Advisory Committee, et al. v. Dyersville City Council, et al., case no. 15-1413, from Dubuque County district court

Plaintiffs object to the Dyersville City Council's rezoning of land around the "Field of Dreams" baseball site from agricultural to commercial in order to facilitate development of a large youth baseball complex. Plaintiffs contend the council did not act impartially, that it had agreed ahead of the hearing to support rezoning the site, and that it had worked with the developer to facilitate the project prior to the hearing. A primary question before the court is whether the council was acting in a quasi-judicial capacity or in a legislative capacity when deciding the rezoning question.

Attorneys' briefs for the case, the court of appeals decision, and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in theater lobby.

Note to Editors: News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website (PDF).

For More Information:

Steve Davis, Court Communications Director, (515)725-8058 or

Iowa Supreme Court 
1111 East Court Avenue 
Des Moines, IA 50319 

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