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Supreme Court Announces 2016-2017 Adjudicative Term, including Special Sessions

August 30, 2016

Des Moines, August 30, 2016— The Iowa Supreme Court today announced its 2016-2017 adjudicative term calendar, including a special evening session in Des Moines and four special sessions in communities around the state to hear oral arguments. The court's adjudicative term is from September 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

The court will hear special evening sessions of oral arguments in Ankeny, Keokuk, Spencer, Des Moines, and Charles City. The evening sessions are scheduled for the convenience of members of the public who wish to attend. Drake University School of Law and the University of Iowa College of Law will also host oral arguments with limited seating for the public. The two special evening sessions in Des Moines and Ankeny are for central Iowa residents who may not be able to attend the court's regular morning and afternoon sessions.

The 2016-2017 adjudicative term will also mark the third year the supreme court has live streamed and archived its oral arguments on the Iowa Courts YouTube channel.

The court's special sessions schedule:

September 9, 2016
University of Iowa College of Law
10:30 a.m.

September 13, 2016
Ankeny Centennial High School
7:00 p.m.

September 19, 2016
The Grand Theater in Keokuk
7:00 p.m.

October 13, 2016
Spencer High School
7:00 p.m.

February 13, 2017
Iowa Judicial Branch Building, Des Moines
7:00 p.m.

March 30, 2017
Drake University Law School
9:30 a.m.

April 4, 2017
The Old Charles City Middle School
7:00 p.m.

The court will continue its regular schedule of oral arguments in Des Moines during the adjudicative term. All supreme court oral arguments are open to the public.

Between May, 2011, and April 14, 2016, the supreme court heard oral arguments in Cedar Rapids, Mason City, Carroll, Council Bluffs, Bettendorf, Ottumwa, Waterloo, Sioux City, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Burlington, Clarinda, Toledo, Iowa City, Storm Lake, Creston, Decorah, Newton, Harlan, Ames, and Clinton. Coinciding with the visits, the justices have gone to 140 high schools, universities, and colleges.

The court's complete oral argument calendar for its 2016-2017 term is on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.

For More Information:

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

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

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