Iowa Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions
Changes and additions to the Iowa
Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions that were approved by the ISBA Board of
Governors at its annual meeting in June are now posted on the ISBA website. The
approvals were based on recommendations made by the Iowa Jury Instructions
Approved revisions to the Iowa
Criminal Jury Instructions include, as renumbered:
addition of language concerning juror duties and juror bias and prejudice,
Criminal Instruction 100.8 – Consideration of Instructions;
addition of two new instructions regarding offenses of domestic abuse
assault by strangulation, Criminal Instructions 830.6 and 830.7 –
Domestic Abuse Assault;
addition of instructions regarding dependent adult abuse, Criminal
Instructions 2620.8 to 2620.20 – Dependent Adult Abuse;
addition of an instruction related to the division of marshalling
instructions for kidnapping in the second degree into two separate
instructions, Criminal Instructions 1000.2 – Kidnapping in the Second
Degree Dangerous Weapons – Elements (Rev. 6/2015), and 1000.3 – Kidnapping in the Second Degree – Ransom – Elements (New 6/2015);
of the marshalling instruction for kidnapping in the third degree,
Criminal Instructions 1000.5 – Kidnapping – Confinement, Removal (When
Used With Another Public Offense) – Definition (Rev.6/2015), and
to include additional concepts related to confinement and removal in the
context of kidnapping, Criminal Instruction 1000.6 – Kidnapping
Additional recommendations for
changes to the Iowa Criminal Jury Instructions include:
Chapter 2600, currently titled Incest and Child Endangerment, to include
reference to Dependent Adult Abuse;
Chapter 1000, titled Kidnapping and Related Offenses, because of the
separation of former Criminal Instruction 1000.2 into two separate
an authority reference for Criminal Instruction 1000.5
– Confinement, Removal (When Used With Another Public Offense) Definition
Revisions to the Iowa Civil Jury
Instructions include the addition of an authority reference concerning undue
influence in the context of will contests for Civil Instruction 2700.4 – Will
Contests, and the correction of typographical errors in Civil Instruction
1800.5 – Abuse of Process – Primarily, as well as Civil Instructions
3100.1 through 3100.3 – Tortious Discharge.
ISBA members can download the
entire set of Iowa Criminal Jury Instructions
and Iowa Civil Jury Instructions in PDF or Word formats from the ISBA’s website by
clicking on "Jury Instructions” under the "Practice Tools” tab and selecting
either "Criminal Jury Instructions” or "Civil Jury Instructions,” respectively.
To be taken directly to the list of new and revised Iowa Criminal Jury
Instructions and the links to download the entire set, click here. To
be taken directly to the list of revised Iowa Civil Jury Instructions and the
links to download the entire set, click here.
Mentorship Program webinar and outline now available
materials for the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Mentorship Program participants are now available via the
ISBA website. The YLD held a training session July 20, at Drake
University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, to provide YLD Mentorship Program
participants with tips and examples to make the most of their year-long
mentoring relationships. Program participants could attend the event in person
or via webinar. West Des Moines attorney and mediator, Kim Stamatelos, provided
an energetic dialogue on mentoring strategies.
is an adjunct professor of law at Drake University Law School in addition to
being a mediator and collaborative attorney, and is the author of the book "The Compassionate Lawyer." She teaches and trains in mediation,
collaborative law and compassionate lawyer topics and can be reached by email
at email@example.com. To access
Stamatelos’s outline, "Effective Mentoring,” from the July 20 training, click here.
To access the webinar, click here.
YLD seeks help at Iowa State
Fair mock trial event
Young Lawyers Division Litigation Committee is seeking volunteers for this
year's mock trial event at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 14-15 and Aug. 21-22.
Volunteers will receive free admission to the fair and free parking for the
days of participation.
trial-by-jury event engages fair-goers, allowing them to act as jurors during
the YLD-led mock trial event. Two-attorney teams have the opportunity to make
opening and closing arguments and to examine four witnesses (two opportunities
for direct and two for cross exam). Judges and court reporters from
across Iowa volunteer to participate in the event each year.
interested in putting together teams should email Nile Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Tom Hillers at email@example.com. Questions should
also be directed to Hicks and Hillers.
Request for comment, proposed amendments to
Iowa Court Rules, Division III
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady signed an order July 28 requesting public
comment regarding proposed amendments to division III of the Iowa Court Rules
for Reciprocal Certification of Shorthand Court Reporters. The deadline for
submitting comments is Aug. 28.
interested in providing public comments or learning more can view the
order here or
visit the Iowa Judicial Branch website, navigating to "About the
Courts,” then clicking on "Supreme Court.” From the left navigation, click
"Orders.” Public comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or
mailed to the clerk of the Supreme Court. Those providing comments should
review the order for formatting specifications.
Reminder: RSVP for first
Justice Fore All Golf (Western) tournament, event Aug. 6
Justice Fore All Golf (Western) event is a four-person best-ball format golf
outing with "shotgun” start including one beverage ticket for each
participant, hole prizes and a day of fun away from the office. Sign up as a
single, a pair, threesome or a complete foursome. All profits earned from the
event will be donated to the ISBA Public Service Project.
individual participants must be signed up to play in the tournament no later
than Thursday, July 30. The golf outing includes appetizers and socializing after golf.
Individuals who choose to not golf may join the event after 5:30 p.m.
Click here for more information. For a printable
registration form, click here. Individuals with questions may contact Kelsey
Bauerly via email at email@example.com.
|In Other News ...
Legal aid organizations can apply for part of Bank of
The Iowa Supreme Court
Lawyer Trust Account Commission announced it is accepting applications for
grants in a special program funded by a Bank of America donation of more than
$346,700. The money must be used by legal aid organizations in Iowa for
foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment legal
assistance. The donation is part of an August 2014 U.S. Department of Justice
$16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America and its former and current
subsidiaries, including Countrywide Financial Corp. and Merrill Lynch, that
resolved civil investigations relating to residential mortgage-backed
securities, collateralized debt obligations, and practices concerning the
underwriting and origination of loans.
Business Record, Des Moines
How to save families from losing everything
2013, Nicole, a 26-year-old single mother in Chicago, represented herself in
eviction court. She thought she was agreeing to pay the rent so she could stay
in her home, only to find out later she had agreed to an order awarding her
landlord possession of the only decent housing she could afford. She could have
lost everything, but she didn't. After taking on her case, the Legal Assistance
Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago appealed and won; Nicole and her two young
children could stay in their home. She was lucky: Cases such as hers persist
across the country, and most people who don't have access to the same support
suffer the consequences.
Iowa City police update arrest policy after video surfaces
The Iowa City Police Department is updating its arrest
policy to emphasize communication after a cell phone video surfaced
online.The footage, filmed last month, shows the arrest of a 15-year-old
black male by white police officer, Travis Graves, at the Robert A. Lee
Recreation Center. In the video Officer Travis Graves is on top of the teen,
yelling "put your hands behind your back,” and the teen replies that he
can’t. An online petition says the officer used excessive force because
the teen was black.
County attorneys, courts spar over debt collector
On the last day of this year's
legislative session, an amendment changing how overdue court debt would be
collected in Iowa was added to legislation hashed together in a conference
committee. Court officials said the new language "simply streamlined"
the existing process, allowing an unnamed private debt collector to replace
some existing collection efforts by the state.
The Des Moines Register
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