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Iowa Court Decisions

See also the Iowa Judicial Branch web site. A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court Decisions — Northern District … [Bankr. N.D. Iowa] — A few recent decisions.


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Iowa Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Iowa Const.)

  2. Bills

    See also a collection of links for tracking legislation.
  3. Acts and Joint Resolutions of the State of Iowa (Iowa Acts)
    These are session laws from the most-recent legislative session. See also a link for past session laws (from 1993 to present). For codified laws, see the Code of Iowa, below.

  4. Code of Iowa (Iowa Code)
    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.


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Iowa Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules ♦ Rules of Procedure

  2. Local Court Rules ♦ U.S. Court Rules
  3. Rules of Professional Conduct


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Iowa Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Iowa Administrative Code (Iowa Admin. Code)
    2. Iowa Administrative Bulletin (Iowa Admin. Bull.)

  2. Opinions ♦ Decisions ♦ Orders ♦ Rulings
  3. Civil Rights Commission Decisions
  4. Additional Resources
    ¶ Search Attorney General Opinions … This is a text-search interface to a database, maintained by West Group, of opinions starting in 1977.


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Iowa Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Coded Systems Corp.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
    3. Municipal Ordinances
           
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


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    Iowa Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Iowa law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Drake Law Review (Drake L. Rev.)
    2. Iowa Law Review (Iowa L. Rev.)
    3. Journal of Corporation Law (J. Corp. L.) … [Univ. of Iowa Coll. of Law]


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    Other Iowa Commentary

    1. A Guide to Doing Business in Iowa. Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C. … [Lex Mundi]


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    Iowa Law-Related Topical Web Sites



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    Iowa Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses ♦ Names ♦ Numbers


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    Iowa Forms

    1. Iowa Civil Rights Commission — Forms

    2. Revenue and Finance Department — Tax Forms

    3. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


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    Other Iowa Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact and Staff Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / North Carolina Industrial Commission]

    3. Bar Associations ♦ Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools ♦ Admission to Practice ♦ Continuing Legal Education


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    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Iowa State Bar Association Brochures and Pamphlets … On-line legal information for the public, on various topics.

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Iowa Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Iowa law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Iowa.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Iowa Legal Aid
      2. Iowa Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.

     

     


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