Among the changes proposed by Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady Wednesday in his condition of the judiciary speech to the Iowa Legislature:
To assure fulltime access to justice, Cady said the closure of clerks of court office Tuesday and Thursday afternoons must end. The closures, in response to inadequate funding, result in delays for children in need, businesses, families seeking mental commitments for loved ones and Iowans seeking protection from domestic abuse.
To make the court more efficient, Cady said the Judicial Branch will continue to expand the use of its electronic document management system, which is helping create a paperless court system.
However, the court needs more funds to meet its constitutional duties, Cady said. He asked the Legislature for a 3.5 percent increase to $167.7 million in the coming fiscal year and a 3.1 increase to $172.8 million in fiscal 2015.
Do you agree with Cady that the closure of clerks of court offices on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons because of funding cuts must end?