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How do I find a judge's decisions or rulings?

The published decisions of the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals are readily available online at and in libraries in a series of books called the Northwestern Reporter, 3rd. These decisions usually represent the view of the majority of judges on the court, not solely the view of the judge writing for the majority. A judge who disagrees with the majority view will indicate his or her disagreement by a written dissent.

Locating a ruling of a trial court judge is a more difficult task because of the high volume of cases. But if you know the name of the case or the case number, you can ask the local clerk of court for a copy of a ruling.  

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