Friday, June 13, 2008


In case there are any lawyer-types that cruise by this, Linn County's website indicates that the courthouse is (obviously) closed until further notice. The Supreme Court has given the official okay to the closing - at least for today - which means all deadlines are extended until it reopens as if it were an official holiday:
Rule 1.1801 Computing time; holidays. In computing time under these rules, the provisions of Iowa Code section 4.1, subsection 34, shall govern. [Report 1943; amendment 1967; November 9, 2001, effective February 15, 2002]

Iowa Code Section 4.1
34. Time - legal holidays. In computing time, the first day shall be excluded and the last included, unless the last falls on Sunday, in which case the time prescribed shall be extended so as to include the whole of the following Monday. However, when by the provisions of a statute or rule prescribed under authority of a statute, the last day for the commencement of an action or proceedings, the filing of a pleading or motion in a pending action or proceedings, or the perfecting or filing of an appeal from the decision or award of a court, board, commission, or official falls on a Saturday, a Sunday, a day on which the office of the clerk of the district court is closed in whole or in part pursuant to the authority of the supreme court, the first day of January, the third Monday in January, the twelfth day of February, the third Monday in February, the last Monday in May, the fourth day of July, the first Monday in September, the eleventh day of November, the fourth Thursday in November, the twenty-fifth day of December, and the following Monday when any of the foregoing named legal holidays fall on a Sunday, and any day appointed or recommended by the governor of Iowa or the president of the United States as a day of fasting or thanksgiving, the time shall be extended to include the next day which the office of the clerk of the court or the office of the board, commission, or official is open to receive the filing of a commencement of an action, pleading or a motion in a pending action or proceeding, or the perfecting or filing of an appeal.

Also, when I called into Johnson County to discuss how to handle a hearing I have on Monday, I was informed by the County Attorney's Office that at least the entire juvenile court docket has been cancelled for Monday and will be rescheduled, though Leroy was unable to give any estimates as to when the hearings would be reset. Upshot: Check for yourself (again, obviously), but you'll probably find everything cancelled for the first part of the week. I've already notified my clients.


Linn County courts are examining alternate sites, but nothing's been found yet. It looks like the juvenile courtrooms are totaled:

"Of course, there is extensive damage to the courthouse, but we don't know how extensive until we can get inside. We know the sub-basement and basement are all water. There's a tunnel from the parking lot into the courthouse where we tried to sandbag but the water broke through. All those courtrooms are lost."

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