Comment deadline extended on discovery, expedited civil action rules
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The Iowa Supreme Court yesterday and today issued orders requesting comments on proposed amendments to the student practice provisions in Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules, and proposed amendments to the continuing legal education provisions in Division III of the court rules. In late December, the court issued an order extending the deadline until March 17 for comment on the proposed amendments to Iowa discovery rules and a proposed expedited civil action rule.

The general purpose of the student practice provisions amendment is to make it possible for law students and law graduates waiting to take the bar exam or waiting for exam results to help provide legal services to low-income Iowans. Read the full order here.

The order requesting comment on changes to the CLE provisions relates to the distance education provisions of the CLE rules. The proposal would adopt new defined terms for "moderated” and "unmoderated” CLE activities. Read that full order here as well.

The deadline for submitting comments on either of these proposed amendments is 4:30 p.m., March 10. Details on the format for submitting comments are at the end of each order.