The Iowa Supreme Court has requested public comments on a proposed addition to the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure addressing hearings on temporary orders. The rule, 1.431(10), would require these hearings be conducted in the presence of parties who have appeared either in person, by phone or by video conference.
The proposal was created after the court’s Family Law Case Processing Reform Task Force recognized that virtually every issue impacting the parties and their children were addressed in the temporary matters hearing. This could lead to frustration or confusion about the process even though the party’s attorney is present to explain the situation.
Interested parties are asked to submit comments regarding the rule no later than 4:30 pm, Dec. 13. Instructions for submissions, as well as the order requesting comment, can be found at the Supreme Court website. Alternatively, bar members who want to voice their opinions regarding the proposed court rule are welcome to attend the next meeting of the ISBA Family and Juvenile Law Section scheduled for 3 p.m. on Oct. 26th at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Section Chair David Cox has placed this proposed rule on the meeting agenda for discussion.