National Center for Access to Justice

Afternoons Iowans Can’t Exercise Their Constitutional Right of Access to the Courts: Tuesday & Thursday

Clerks’ offices are the court system’s front door.  That is where people can file a lawsuit or respond to a case filed against them.  Budget pressures have forced the Iowa courts to close clerks’ offices Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  The result, according to Iowa’s Chief Justice?  “We have all heard stories about domestic violence victims having to wait for an order of protection because the clerk of court offices are closed.”  Chief Justice Mark S. Cady, State of the Judiciary (2013).

Access to Justice Fact of the Week (Jan. 18, 2013)