week, ISBA leadership was notified that the Iowa Judicial Branch may
not receive any new money from the Iowa Legislature for fiscal year
2016. If this occurs, the state will likely re-live a situation similar
to Fiscal Year 2010 when clerks’ offices were put on part-time status,
12 percent of the workforce was laid off, travel restrictions were placed on all court personnel and court dockets were delayed.
response to the news, State Court Administrator David Boyd prepared a
memo for judicial branch personnel and others regarding the status of
the budget. The memo, available here, provides a breakdown of the budget with expectation details if the situation remains unchanged.
leadership encourages members to contact Iowa legislators to tell them
to keep clerks’ offices open. The Iowa Judicial Branch has done more in
the last few years to operate efficiently than any other branch of
government; presently, the courts operate with more than 100 fewer
employees than in 2009. Those efforts should not go unrecognized.
Legislator contact information can be found on the legislative branch
website here. Act now to keep court resources available for all Iowans.