When cases are appealed from Iowa's district courts, both sides submit appellate briefs, or written legal arguments, to the court. Iowa appellate records and briefs are available through the following sources.
Iowa Records and Briefs (Print) 1910 - 2007
Library locations: 1910 - 1989, 3rd Floor, North End; 1990 - 2007, Iowa Wing
Shelved in order by docket number. The Court of Appeals was created in 1976; briefs after that time are color-coded with the Supreme Court bound in orange and the Court of Appeals bound in brown.
Iowa Records and Briefs 2008-present
Starting in Nov. 2017, the Iowa Supreme Court has briefs available from its opinions page. Click on the case number to open a separate page that provides access to briefs and more.
For 2008-Oct 2017 Iowa Supreme Court briefs and 2008 and later Iowa Court of Appeals briefs, students, attorneys, and the public should phone the Iowa Supreme Court Clerk of Court at 515-281-5911. Provide the case name and, if possible, the docket number. The clerk's office will email a digitized version of the brief to the requestor for a cost of 50 cents per page. Go to the office in person to use a public terminal where you may be able to save the briefs to your own flash drive without charge. The clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8-12 and 1-4:30.
This database allows you to search for a particular case element and see the complete descriptive record, including docket number, case name, reporter citation, date, and court. It also provides access to unpublished Iowa Court of Appeals decisions from 1976 - 2001.
This database features approximately 11 million pages and more than 350,000 separate documents. Almost 150,000 Supreme Court cases are available. United States Supreme Court Records and Briefs Help Guide