March 10 Memo from Dist. Ct. Admin. re Court Furlough Days

District Court Administrator Carroll Edmondson issued the following Memo on March 10, 2009  to all Linn County attorneys and law enforcement:



TO:                         Linn County Attorney, Linn County Public Defender, Linn

County Advocate, All Attorneys in Linn County, and Law

Enforcement in Linn County


FROM:               Carroll Edmondson, District Court Administrator


DATE:                 March 10, 2009


1.            All district court offices – clerk of court, court administration, and juvenile court services – will be closed on the following furlough dates:


·               Friday, March 20                        

·               Friday, April 10

·               Friday, April 24

·               Friday, May 8

·               Friday, May 22

·               Friday, June 5

·               Friday, June 19


In addition to court offices closing on the above dates, please be advised that

effective March 24, 2009 the clerk‘s office will be closed to the public

 every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.


2.           Although court offices will be closed on the above furlough dates, judges will be at the courthouse working.   Judges will be present to conduct judicial business that does not require the assistance of a court reporter.   Counsel will be required to sign a waiver of reporting from for unreported hearings during furlough days as per Rule 1.903 of the Rules of Civil Procedure.


 Some examples of the types of matters which may be handled by judges on furlough days include:


·               In custody initial appearances at 9:30 a.m. (Jones defendants) and 10:30 a.m. (Hinzman defendants)

·               Final pretrial conferences in civil cases

·               Judicial reviews

·               Summary judgment motions

·               Status conferences in family law cases

·               Motions to compel, dismiss, sanctions, etc.

·               Uncontested probate matters

·               Arrest warrants and search warrants

·               Trial informations

·               Arraignments

·               Initial appearances for those not in custody

·               FED‘s (Writ of possession will not go to sheriff on furlough days)

·               BEP contempt hearings

·               Adjudication of guilt hearings in district associate court

·               Final pretrial conferences and defaults in juvenile cases

·               Emergency removal orders in juvenile cases


3.            Attorneys who want orders signed by a judge on a furlough day must bring the proposed orders to the judge to sign.   Any order signed by a judge on a furlough day will be retained by the judge for filing with the clerk on the next day the clerk‘s office is open to the public for business.   No judge will have access to the clerk‘s office on furlough days.


4.            If an attorney seeks an order from a judge on a furlough day, the attorney must have the file delivered to the appropriate judge by the clerk of court before 2:30 p.m. the day before the furlough day.   Judges will not sign orders without the court file in hand.


5.           There will be no domestic abuse hearings on furlough days.


6.           The administrative judge and the criminal presiding judge will continue to hold order hour from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on furlough days.


7.           There will be no means to formally recall arrest warrants on furlough days.