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Chief Justice Cady delivers Condition of the Judiciary with focus on funding

In the House Chamber of the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 11, Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady delivered his annual Condition of the Judiciary speech. One of the major topics he discussed was judicial branch funding.

Last session, the judicial branch was flat-funded, receiving no increase in its general fund appropriation. This resulted in the court having to establish a hiring freeze, hold open judicial vacancies, reduce travel and issue a moratorium on specialty courts. If the legislature fails to increase judicial funding for FY 2018, the court has stated that there is a potential for layoffs, closing or reduction of courthouse hours, delayed maintenance in EDMS, delayed civil litigation and the elimination of specialty courts. The court has requested an increase of $12.5 million for FY 2018, which is a 6.9 percent increase.

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Supreme Court adopts amendments altering temporary practice requirements

The Iowa Supreme Court adopted several amendments to rule 31.14 on Dec. 16. The new rules on pro hac vice, temporary practice and their administration by staff will take effect Jan. 1.

Beginning next year, applicants for pro hac vice status will now be required to register with the court's Office of Professional Regulation and pay a fee.

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