House File 267 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 267 BY COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY (SUCCESSOR TO HSB 8) A BILL FOR An Act relating to clerks of court, including the number 1 of counties in which a clerk may serve and residency 2 requirements. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 1266HV (1) 88 asf/jh
H.F. 267 Section 1. Section 602.1215, subsection 1, Code 2019, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. Subject to the provisions of section 602.1209, 3 subsection 3 , the district judges of each judicial election 4 district shall by majority vote appoint persons to serve as 5 clerks of the district court within the judicial election 6 district. The district judges of a judicial election district 7 may appoint a person to serve as clerk of the district court 8 for more than one but not more than four contiguous counties 9 county in the same judicial district. A person does not 10 qualify for appointment to the office of clerk of the district 11 court unless the person is at the time of application a must 12 be a resident of the state within ninety days of appointment . 13 A clerk of the district court may be removed from office 14 for cause by the chief judge of the judicial district, after 15 consultation with the district judges of the judicial election 16 district. Prior to removal, the clerk of the district court 17 shall be notified of the cause for removal. 18 EXPLANATION 19 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 20 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 21 This bill relates to clerks of court. Currently, a clerk of 22 court may be appointed to serve more than one but not more than 23 four contiguous counties in the same judicial district. The 24 bill removes the limit on the number of counties. Currently, 25 an applicant for a clerk of court must be a resident of the 26 state at the time of application. The bill provides that 27 an appointed clerk must be a resident within 90 days of 28 appointment. 29 -1- LSB 1266HV (1) 88 asf/jh 1/ 1