the quarterly Board of Governor’s meeting March 25, the ISBA
legislative team presented statistics recently compiled by the State
Court Administrator’s Office. The information shows a continued decline
in civil jury trials in Iowa District Courts. In 2014, across the state
there were only 184 civil cases with jury verdicts entered.
observations include the fact that during 2014, there were 13 Iowa
counties where no trial verdict was entered in Iowa District Court
whatsoever, civil or criminal. In total, 61 counties had three or fewer
To see the complete table with jury verdicts entered in Iowa District Courts during 2014 by county, click here. To see a graph that reflects civil and criminal jury trials in Iowa District Courts over the last 19 years, click here.
The data captured by the State Court Administrator’s Office during the
last six years do not include cases in which a jury trial began, but
ended in a settlement, guilty plea, or hung jury before a verdict was
estimated data may reflect the changing workload of Iowa District
Courts as it relates to civil litigation. For example, civil case
information complied by the State Court Administrator’s Office shows an
increase in the following case types: divorce and modification of
divorce, domestic abuse, landlord/tenant forcible entry and detainers
and adult mental health commitment petitions. To see the complete table
of statewide civil case filings from 2004 – 2014, click here.