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Iowa Legal Research: Sources of Iowa Law: Court Rules

Court Rules

The official version of the Iowa Court Rules is published by the Legislative Services Agency at the direction of the Iowa Supreme Court. The rules cover rules of practice and procedure, judicial administration, bar admission and conduct, and judicial qualification and conduct.

In addition to the Iowa Court Rules, some judicial districts have local rules that govern certain aspects of court operations.

Note on Pre-2002 Iowa Court Rule Numbers

In 2002 the Iowa Court Rules were renumbered.  The new court rule numbers contain a decimal point; the old did not. If you have a reference to an old court rule, you may want to consult a Table of Corresponding Rule Numbers to help determine where the rule was moved to in 2002 when the renumbering occurred.

Attorney Regulation

The conduct of Iowa lawyers and judges is governed by Iowa Court Rules. The Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct are set forth in Chapter 32 and are also available on the web.  The Iowa Code of Judicial Conduct is set forth in Chapter 51.

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