Des Moines, Iowa, September 5, 2018—Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht, Sloan, announced he will resume hearing cases and participating in the decisions of the Iowa Supreme Court, as he continues to battle cancer and receive treatment. Justice Hecht, 66, has not participated in the oral argument of cases since March 2018, and participated in only a few cases during the remainder of the court term that ended June 30. A justice absent from the oral arguments of a case may still participate in the case if the justice reads the briefs and participates in the court's discussion. The oral arguments are also recorded and archived for later viewing.
Justice Hecht is receiving treatment for melanoma in Sioux City and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He expects that improvement resulting from a new treatment regimen will allow him to resume a more active role on the court. Justice Hecht expects to participate in oral arguments in Des Moines September 12 and 13, and will participate in court conferences. The new court term began September 4.
Justice Hecht has served on the Iowa Supreme Court since 2006 and served as a judge on the Iowa Court of Appeals for seven years prior to his appointment to the supreme court.
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