Iowa

Effective Date: N/A
State:
Iowa
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: N/A
Time Standards: Iowa has no case processing time standards for the appellate court system.
  Iowa Court Rules Ch. 23 Time Standards for Case Processing

Effective Date: 2008
State:
Iowa
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Regular Torts:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 18 months

Complex Civil (medical malpractice, product liability, etc.):
(filing to disposition)
90% within 24 months

Small Claims/Infractions:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 4 months
 

Effective Date: 2008
State:
Iowa
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Indictable Criminal:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 6 months

Simple Misdemeanors:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 4 months
 

Effective Date: 2008
State:
Iowa
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Domestic Abuse:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 2 months

Domestic Dissolution/Modification:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 9 months

Domestic: All Other:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 6 months
 

Effective Date: 2008
State:
Iowa
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Detention and Shelter Hearings:
(Detention facility admission to hearing)
100% within 24 hours

(Admission to shelter care facility pursuant to Iowa Code sect. 232.21 court order to hearing)
100% within 48 hours

Pre-adjudicatory Hearings for Physical and Mental Health Exams:
Juvenile in detention or shelter care facility
(court ordered admission to detention or shelter care facility to hearing)
100% within 15 days

Juvenile not in detention or shelter care facility
(filing to hearing)
100% within 30 days

Adjudicatory Hearings:
Juvenile in detention or shelter care facility
(court ordered admission to detention or shelter care facility to hearing)
100% within 15 days

Juvenile not in detention or shelter care facility
(filing to hearing)
100% within 30 days

Physical or Mental Exam
(entry of order for physical or mental exam to hearing)
100% within 45 days

Dispositional Hearings:
Juvenile in detention or shelter care facility
(entry of adjudicatory order to hearing)
100% within 30 days

Juvenile not in detention or shelter care facility
(entry of adjudicatory order to hearing)
100% within 45 days

Physical or Mental Exam
(court ordered placement for physical/mental exam to hearing)
100% within 60 days

Termination of Parental Rights:
(filing to hearing)
100% within 60 days

(filing to disposition)
100% within 5 months
 

Effective Date: 2008
State:
Iowa
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Misc
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Other Law & Equity:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 12 months
 

Effective Date: 2008
State:
Iowa
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Probate
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Order
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Estates: Small and without Administration:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 3 months

Estates: Full Administration:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 24 months
 

Monitoring Information: The Iowa Judicial Branch implemented a new court management information system in 2002. This system monitors the number of days from petition to disposition. The computer-generated reports will allow the Judicial Branch for the first time to measure trial court compliance with the case processing time standards.
Notes:

Rule 23.3 states the time periods that all cases "shall" be scheduled for trial. A trial can be scheduled for trial on a date that exceeds the goal in Rule 23.3 only upon a motion to the presiding judge who may reschedule to a later date (not to exceed the time period in 23.4) only upon a showing of good cause. The proposed Court Rules do not indicate what percentage of cases are to be disposed within the time frame stated in 23.3 and 23.4. However, the Iowa Judicial Council has approved adoption of administrative goals that the district courts should dispose of 90% of their cases within the time periods stated in Rule 23.3 and 100% of their cases within the time periods stated in Rule 23.4 (after the new time standards become official in 2008).