The Supreme Court of Iowa filed an order Oct. 1
requesting public comments on recent access to justice
funding recommendations. In addition to the ISBA
Access to Justice Committee’s proposed pro hac vice fee, the court included other proposals in its request for comment.
Iowa Legal Aid proposed an adoption of a
mandatory $100 annual fee for attorneys which would be put in the IOLTA fund.
The court is also interested in public comments regarding
its proposal that is similar to the Iowa legal Aid suggestion, but would allow attorneys
the opportunity to affirmatively elect not to pay the $100 annual fee.
ISBA President Joe Feller, an attorney from
Sibley, encourages members to take a close look at the
funding proposals in
the Supreme Court order
and provide comments to the court before the closing date, Jan. 5.
The Iowa Judicial Branch made all the supporting
documents available on its website here.
interested in commenting can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emails should include comments in a Microsoft Word attachment, and "Access to
Justice” should be listed as the subject matter. Comments may also be mailed
into the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court
Ave., Des Moines, Iowa, 50319.