The Iowa Supreme Court adopted two new court rules last week prohibiting the routine use of restraints on juveniles during court proceedings, and prescribing how appellate records may be retained.
New Iowa Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.41 is designed “to promote fair and considerate treatment of juveniles while preserving courtroom and public safety according to available resources,” as stated in the order filed Oct. 25. The new rule goes into effect on Jan. 1.
New Iowa Court Rule 20.3 provides “that once the supreme court clerk has reproduced supreme court and court of appeals original records in a ‘reasonably permanent legible means,’ the clerk may destroy the original records,’” according to the order filed Oct. 26. The order also rescinds Rules 22.37 and 22.38 – the rules on purging district court civil and criminal case files – and moves them into Chapter 20 of the court rules as Rules 20.4 and 20.5. That change, which is effective immediately, removes the rules from the chapter on judicial administration to the chapter on court rules.
From the Iowa Lawyer Weekly