Governor signs legislation that improves budget outlook for Judicial Branch; New court filing fees in effect May 26

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a press release May 27 regarding legislation signed by Governor Culver May 26 that reduces the budget shortfall the judicial branch expected for the next fiscal year.   The press release can be viewed here.   One result of the legislation is that all clerk of court offices will be restored to full customary business hours effective June 1, and the June 5 and June 19 court closure days will be cancelled.

Also, the legislation increases certain court fees and costs effective May 26.   A general list of fees can be viewed here.    Among the fee changes are  increases for the filing fee for a civil petition from $100 to $185 and for a small claims petition from $50 to $85.