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The purpose of Covering Iowa Law and Courts: A Guide for Journalists is to help members of the media report on our legal system more easily and accurately. While this guide is designed to be a single source handbook for reporters who cover Iowa courts and the law, as part of the bar's continuing outreach efforts to educate the public and the media about the workings of our judicial system, it is not intended to be used as legal advice or as a substitute for consultation with a lawyer concerning the specific facts of a given situation. It is merely a guide to help journalists in their work. You should consult a lawyer for answers to specific legal questions.

Covering Iowa Law and Courts: A Guide for Journalists (full PDF)

Introduction and Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Overview of the Iowa Court Systems
Chapter 2 - Criminal Cases
Chapter 3 - Civil Cases
Chapter 4 - The Appeals Process
Chapter 5 - Juvenile Court
Chapter 6 - Dissolution of Marriage
Chapter 7 - Public Information Laws
Chapter 8 - Expanded News Media Coverage
Chapter 9 - Lawyer Qualifications and Ethics
Chapter 10 - Judicial Selection and Retention
Chapter 11 - Bankruptcy
Appendix A - Listing of Common Crimes and Punishments
Appendix B - Glossary of Common Legal Terms
Appendix C - Index

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