Notice from Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission

Notice is hereby given that on August 2, 2018, in the Jones County Courthouse, Anamosa, Iowa, the above Commission will meet for the purpose of selecting and appointing one part-time judicial magistrate to serve the remainder of the four-year term of Magistrate Kristopher Lyons which began on August 1, 2017, pursuant to Chapter 602, the Code, as amended.

Applications will be taken for a period of 15 days and are available at the office of the Clerk of Court, Jones County Courthouse, Jones County, Iowa.  Applications must be completed and returned no later than 3:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018, to the Jones County Clerk of Court’s Office.  No applications will be accepted after that time.  A letter of interest and resume of qualifications should accompany the completed application.

Prior to August 2, 2018, the Commission will determine the interview procedure.  Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of their interview place and time by telephone.

Applicants must be residents of Jones County, Iowa, or a resident of a county contiguous to Jones County (Linn, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Clinton or Cedar Counties), and less than 72 years of age as of August 1, 2018.  A candidate must be admitted to practice law in Iowa, unless the person is not admitted to practice law and held a magistrate position of April 1, 2009.

For the Commission,

Mary E. Chicchelly, Chair, District Court Judge

Jones magistrate nominating commission notice

Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference August 15–17, 2018

The judges of the Eighth Circuit courts invite you to join them August 15 – 17, 2018, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Judicial Conference. This is a full conference for all judges and members of the Bar.

We are very pleased that the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Honorable Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States, will address the conference on Friday, August 17. The agenda features many other distinguished speakers, including Stephen J. Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice in the Obama Administration, Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Vikram Amar, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, and Duke University professor Nita Farahany, an appointee of President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


2018 Announcement

2018 LCBA Summer Outing & CLE

The Linn County Bar Association’s most popular and well-attended event each year.

Free morning CLE with pastries followed by Boxed Lunch for CLE attendees. For the afternoon your choice of (a) Golf; (b) Pontoon Ride; or (c) Biking;

FOLLOWED BY Social Hour and Dinner events all at one premier venue – Elmcrest Country Club.
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Applications sought for 6th Judicial District Judge Vacancy

Applications are being sought for the position of District Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District due to the retirement of Judge Marsha Bergan.  Applications are available at the office of the District Court Administrator, Linn County Courthouse, Third Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids, Iowa or via email request sent to  Applications and any supporting documentation must be completed and returned to the office of the District Court Administrator no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018.  Individual copies shall be sent to the individual commission members.  Click here for a copy of the official Notice of Vacancy containing the list of commission members.
**** NOTE:  Notice of Vacancy was edited on April 24, 2018 to add new Commissioner name.  See  4-24-18 Updated Notice to All Applicants for District Judge Vacancy here.

The Sixth Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Monday,  May 21, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. to interview and nominate two individuals for the position of District Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District.  The meeting will take place at the Linn County Courthouse, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Nominees shall be members of the bar of Iowa, shall be residents of the state or district of the court to which they are nominated. The person appointed to the position will serve an initial term of office and will stand for retention at the next general election held not less than one year following appointment.  If retained in office at that time, the person will serve a regular term of six years and may stand for retention in office every six years thereafter.   Retirement of District Judges in Iowa is mandatory at age seventy-two.  The person appointed must be able to serve the initial term and one regular term before reaching age seventy-two.

State Court Administrator De-appropriation Message

On January 25, 2018, State Court Administrator Todd Nuccio issued the following message:

FY18 deappropriation message 1-25-2018

A proposed de-appropriation under SSB 3089 calls for a $4,835,445 reduction to the Iowa Judicial Branch budget in FY 18. The total amount of the cut recommended for all of Justice System Appropriations is $7.7 MM. At $4.8 MM, the Judicial Branch is absorbing 63% of that total. The overall de-appropriation amount being recommended is $50 MM As such, the Judicial Branch is being asked to absorb a little more than 9% of the reduction for all of state government. Put in another context, the Judicial Branch only receives 2.5% of the overall state
general fund. That means the Judicial Branch portion of the reduction is over 350% larger than the proportion of the funding we receive.

It should also not be forgotten that this would be the second de-appropriation in as many years. The FY 17 de-appropriation for the Judicial Branch was $3 MM. All totaled, the de-appropriation for this biennium budget would now rise to $7.8 MM.

Since 96% of the Judicial Branch budget is comprised of personnel costs, options are limited for making cuts. Should the $4.8 MM cut come to reality, we are left with no other choice than to close courthouses and eliminate personnel branch-wide. As such, we are projecting the closure of over 30 county courthouses proportionately distributed across our eight judicial districts. The courthouses selected for closure within each judicial district will be determined by caseload volume in each county. The workload of the closed courthouses will then be shifted to other county courthouses in that judicial district. The exact re-distribution will be determined in consultation with court and county officials at the local level. The period of closure will be indefinite.

As always, we will continue to work closely with House and Senate members to place the Judicial Branch in the most favorable position possible. This is just another step in the process. Much can and will likely change between today and when the Legislature arrives at a final number. I will share information as soon as more is known.

Providing equal access to justice for all Iowans is a fundamental principle of the Judicial Branch. We will endeavor to fulfill our commitment to this principle subject to the resource limitations placed upon us.