Chief Justice Marsha Ternus has appointed District Judge Patrick R. Grady, Cedar Rapids, as chief judge of the Sixth Judicial District. Judge Grady succeeds Judge David Remley who will retire September 15, 2009.
The August 26 press release from the Iowa Supreme Court states:
“Judge Grady’s extensive experience as a judge at several levels provides him with the knowledge and abilities needed to be an effective chief judge,” Chief Justice Ternus said. “His experience goes beyond his work on the bench. He has played a significant leadership role in many statewide projects for the courts, most recently working on our efforts to make the courts more accessible for people who choose to represent themselves. In these difficult times it is more important than ever to make it easier for people to navigate through the courts on their own.”
Judge Grady received a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, Omaha, in 1975 and a law degree from the University of Iowa Law School in 1979. Judge Grady was appointed to the bench in 1989 when he began serving as Juvenile Referee/Associate Juvenile Judge. He was appointed as a District Judge in 1995. Prior to his appointment, he served as a state appellate defender, Linn County public defender, and practiced law with a private firm.
“It is an honor and a challenge to be selected as Chief Judge and have the opportunity to follow up on the great work done by Judge David Remley,” Judge Grady said. “I appreciate the trust being placed in me by Chief Justice Ternus and I plan to work hard to address the difficulties presented by this economic climate and to make the courts accessible to all.”
Judge Grady has served on task forces in the areas of permanency planning and adoption. He has been a continuing legal education instructor in the areas of ethics, criminal law and juvenile law. He has chaired the Linn County Magistrate Nominating Commission since 2003. Most recently, he has co-chaired the joint IJA/ISBA task force on pro se litigation and the Supreme Court Pro Se Family Law Forms Committee.
As chief judge, Judge Grady will supervise all judicial officers and court employees in the district, supervise the performance of administrative and judicial business in the district, set the times and places of holding court, designate presiding judges, and serve on the judicial council, which advises the supreme court on administrative matters affecting the trial courts. In addition, he will continue to preside over cases.
The Sixth Judicial District is located in east central Iowa and is comprised of six counties: Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Tama. The district has 13 district judges, seven district associate judges, one associate juvenile judge, 17 part-time magistrates, and 174 employees, with an operating budget for the current fiscal year of approximately $16,569,73. A total of 123,902 cases were filed in the Sixth District last year.