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Iowa Judicial Branch response to COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Zach Zuber
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Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, the Iowa Judicial Branch has announced that all criminal jury trials originally scheduled through April 20 will be continued. After that period, the court shall give first priority to trials where speedy trial has not been waived and the defendant is in custody. Criminal non-jury trials are going on as scheduled, though motions to continue shall be freely granted if needed.

All civil jury and small claims trials through May 4 are also continued to a date to be determined at a future time. Juvenile matters will go forward as scheduled, with hearings conducted remotely when possible.

Additional information can be found in the original order here. The chief justice also issued an order on March 17 that expands on the order by allowing any party, including the prosecutor, defense counsel, defendant, victims and/or witnesses, to appear remotely by videoconference or telephone for many court procedures.

State Court Administrator Todd Nuccio outlined steps related to Judicial Branch employee well-being here.

From the Iowa Lawyer Weekly