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Supreme Court Announces 2017-2018 Adjudicative Term, including Special Sessions

August 21, 2017

Des Moines, August 21, 2017—The Iowa Supreme Court today announced its 2017-2018 adjudicative term calendar, including a special evening session in Des Moines, special sessions at Drake and Iowa law schools, and three special sessions in communities around the state to hear oral arguments. The court's adjudicative term is from September 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.

The court will hear special evening sessions of oral arguments in Davenport, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, and Knoxville. 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, one in the Judicial Branch Building and one at Hoover High School, are for central Iowa residents who may not be able to attend the court's regular morning and afternoon sessions.

The 2017-2018 adjudicative term will also mark the fourth 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 15, 2017
University of Iowa College of Law
10:30 a.m.

September 19, 2017
Des Moines Hoover High School
7:00 p.m.

October 12, 2017
Davenport Central High School
7:00 p.m.

November 2, 2017
Cedar Falls High School
7:00 p.m.

February 12, 2018
Iowa Judicial Branch Building, Des Moines
7:00 p.m.

March 22, 2018
Drake University Law School
9:30 a.m.

April 3, 2018
Knoxville High 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 lived streamed and open to the public.

Between May 19, 2011, and April 4, 2017, 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, Clinton, Keokuk, Spencer, and Charles City. Coinciding with the visits, the justices have gone to 160 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 Director, (515)725-8058 or

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

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