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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Polk County District Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Polk County, Iowa, and resources applicable to all courts in Iowa.
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Iowa District Court Records
Search Iowa District Court records by name, case ID, or citation number. Additional search options include party type, county, and case type. A more advanced search is available for registered users who pay a monthly subscription fee.
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Iowa District Court Schedules
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Attorney General Legal Opinions
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Forms and related information
Iowa Court Forms
View and download Iowa court forms including confidential information, small claims, family law, domestic violence, name change, commitment, probate, juvenile, criminal, and civil. Links to forms are in the left column.
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Pay Iowa Tickets Online
Pay Iowa tickets online. Most tickets that have been filed with a court clerk may be paid through this online service, including fines, surcharges and fees associated with a charge or citation. Search options are available to find traffic tickets, civil infractions and simple criminal cases.
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Local Rules of the District Courts in the 5th Judicial District
View local rules of the District Courts in Adair, Adams, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Guthrie, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Polk, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, Warren, and Wayne Counties.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Iowa, including local housing counseling agencies, state agencies and programs, and a link to legal aid providers.
Iowa Restoration of Citizenship Rights Information
View information from the Governor's office on having citizenship rights restored in Iowa, including answers to frequently asked questions and instructions for applying.
Iowa Legal Information and Self Help Resources
View self-help information on Iowa Civil Law, Family Law, Juvenile Court, Domestic Violence, and Involuntary Commitment. Self Help resources include information about self-representation, finding legal assistance, and filing complaints against attorneys, judges, or court employees.
Iowa Foreclosure Mediation Program
View information on this voluntary program whereby lenders and borrowers can meet in mediation and look for mutally agreeable solutions to foreclosure cases.
Iowa Court Administration Directories
View Iowa court administration directories including case scheduling, clerks of court, and juvenile court offices. Links are in the left column.
Iowa Child Support Services
The Iowa Department of Human Services offers information and services related to child support, including child support guidelines, payment information, how to change a child support order and a toll-free telephone number for child support information.
Iowa Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The Iowa Department of Transportation offers information about traffic laws, motor vehicle laws, driver licenses and online services.
Legal Information and Legal Assistance
View information about legal issues related to seniors, disability, education, food assistance, housing, pensions, taxes, employment, consumers, small claims, families and children, domestic violence, health care, civil rights, public benefits, and veterans. Includes links to forms and other self-help resources, lawyer referral, and organizations providing free legal services.
Glossary of Common Legal Terms
View a glossary commonly used legal terms organized alphabetically.
Online Iowa Court Rules
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Attorney Discipline Information
View information from the Iowa State Bar Association about attorney discipline procedures including complaint forms.
Find an Iowa Lawyer
The Iowa Bar Association offers a search for lawyers by city, county, and practice area. Information about selecting a lawyer is also available.
Find Free Legal Assistance
View a directory of organizations offering free legal services to eligible clients, listed by service area.
Free Legal Assistance
The Iowa Bar Association offers a directory of agencies that provide free civil legal services to low-income residents.
Free Legal Assistance for Iowans Over Age of 60
View information on a free legal hotline for Iowans age 60 and older, from Iowa Legal Aid. Links to legal information and non-legal assistance are also available.
Iowa Attorney Discipline Records
Seach Iowa Judicial Branch free online database of disability and discipline orders against attorneys by name, year and case type.
Locate an Iowa Lawyer
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Locate Iowa Public Defenders
View Iowa Public Defender information including offices and links to Public Defender services for free or low-cost criminal defense, mental health and juvenile case representation.