Today, Chief Justice Mark Cady delivered the annual State of the Judiciary to a joint session of the Iowa House and Senate. Justice Cady is serving as the interim chief justice until new justices are appointed to fill three vacancies currently on the court. The Chief Justice focused on Iowans access to the judicial system and [...]
Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court Marsha Ternus delivered the 2010 condition of the judiciary address in the house chambers on January 13th. Click here to listen to the address. Click here to view full text of the address.
The Iowa Supreme Court announced their budget saving plan for Fiscal Year 2010 (which begins on July 1). Since the national recession has weakened state revenues over the last 12 months, the courts are reducing expenses by $5.4 million next year. Earlier this month, legislators outlined their plan to reduce the Legislature’s budget by 10% next [...]
In a unanimous ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled today Iowa's law defining marriage is unconstitutional. Read the full ruling here. Here is part of the court's statement: “We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective. The legislature has excluded a [...]