Posted on: October 10th, 2017

What is the Iowa Supreme Court? It is the highest court in the Iowa state court system. It is comprised of 7 justices and is an appellate court—meaning that is reviews cases that have already been heard by a lower level court.  Appellate court hearings do not involve witnesses, juries, or new evidence.  An appellate court reviews the record of the lower court to determine whether any significant legal errors occurred.


The Supreme Courts holds Oral Argument sessions for many of the cases that it hears.  These sessions are open to the public and usually take place at the Judicial Building in Des Moines.  However, the Supreme Court also takes itself “on the road” and will host oral arguments around the State in the evenings, so the public can attend.  Below are dates and locations for some of these Special Sessions:


October 12 – Davenport Central High School – 7:00p.m.

November 2 – Cedar Falls High School – 7:00p.m.

February 12 – Iowa Judicial Branch Building, Des Moines – 7:00p.m.

April 3 – Knoxville High School – 7:00p.m.


Visit for more information regarding The Iowa Supreme Court’s Adjudicative Schedule, including information regarding special sessions.


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