Iowa Supreme Court plans session in Council Bluffs


February 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court will set up shop in Council Bluffs on March 7 to hear oral arguments in two cases. The court, which usually meets in Des Moines, has been holding more sessions away from the capital city in an effort to demonstrate how the legal system works. In announcing the Council Bluffs appearance Wednesday, Chief Justice Mark Cady noted the court traveled to three communities last year and saw a strong turnout of spectators.

Cady’s push to make the court more open to the public followed a 2010 vote in which three justices lost retention elections after social conservatives campaigned against the court’s unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa. The Council Bluffs proceedings will be at the Arts Center of Iowa Western Community College.