Access to justice funding proposals open for public comment
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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.

Those interested in commenting can send an email to 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.