321.491  Convictions and recommendations for suspension to be reported.

Every district judge, district associate judge, and judicial magistrate shall keep a full record of every case in which a person is charged with any violation of this chapter or of any other law regulating the operation of vehicles on highways.

Within ten days after the conviction or forfeiture of bail of a person upon a charge of violating any provision of this chapter or other law regulating the operation of vehicles on highways every magistrate of the court or clerk of the district court of record in which the conviction occurred or bail was forfeited shall prepare and immediately forward to the department an abstract of the record of the case. The abstract must be certified by the person preparing it to be true and correct. The clerk of the district court shall collect a fee of fifty cents for each individual copy of any record of conviction or forfeiture of bail furnished to any requestor at the clerk's office except for the department or other local, state, or federal government entity. Moneys collected under this section shall be transferred to the department as a repayment receipt, as defined in section 8.2, to enhance the efficiency of the department to process records and information between the department and the Iowa court information system. Notwithstanding any other provision in this section or chapter 22, the judicial branch shall be the provider of public electronic access to the clerk's records of convictions and forfeitures of bail through the Iowa court information system and shall, if all such records are provided monthly to a vendor, the judicial branch shall* collect a fee from such vendor which is the greater of three thousand dollars per month or the actual direct cost of providing the records.

The abstract must be made upon a form furnished by the department or by copying a uniform citation and complaint or by using an electronic process which accurately reproduces or forms a durable medium for accurately and legibly reproducing an unaltered image or reproduction of the citation, and must include the name and address of the party charged, the registration number of the vehicle involved, the nature of the offense, the date of hearing, the plea, the judgment, or whether the bail was forfeited, the amount of the fine or forfeiture, and any court recommendation, if any, that the person's driver's license be suspended. The department shall consider and act upon the recommendation.

Every clerk of a court of record shall also forward a like report to the department upon the conviction of any person of manslaughter or other felony in the commission of which a vehicle was used.

The failure, refusal, or neglect of an officer to comply with the requirements of this section shall constitute misconduct in office and shall be ground for removal from office.

All abstracts received by the department under this section shall be open to public inspection during reasonable business hours.

Section History: Early form

  [S13, § 1571-m23; C24, 27, 31, 35, § 5076-5078; C39, § 5037.08; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 321.491]

Section History: Recent form

  90 Acts, ch 1230, §73; 93 Acts, ch 16, § 10; 94 Acts, ch 1074, §2; 96 Acts, ch 1218, § 66; 97 Acts, ch 104, §23; 98 Acts, ch 1047, §68; 98 Acts, ch 1073, §9; 98 Acts, ch 1178, §9

Internal References

  Referred to in § 321.206, 321.555, 602.8102(51), 805.6, 805.9


  *The words "the judicial branch shall" should probably be deleted for grammatical purposes; corrective legislation is pending

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