Senate File 563 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to appropriations to the judicial branch.
2BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  JUDICIAL BRANCH.
   21.  There is appropriated from the general fund of the state
3to the judicial branch for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
42023, and ending June 30, 2024, the following amounts, or so
5much thereof as is necessary, to be used for the purposes
6designated:
   7a.  For salaries of supreme court justices, appellate court
8judges, district court judges, district associate judges,
9associate juvenile judges, associate probate judges, judicial
10magistrates and staff, state court administrator, clerk of
11the supreme court, district court administrators, clerks of
12the district court, juvenile court officers, board of law
13examiners, board of examiners of shorthand reporters, and
14commission on judicial qualifications; receipt and disbursement
15of child support payments; reimbursement of the auditor
16of state for expenses incurred in completing audits of the
17offices of the clerks of the district court during the fiscal
18year beginning July 1, 2023; and maintenance, equipment, and
19miscellaneous purposes:
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   21b.  For deposit in the revolving fund created pursuant to
22section 602.1302, subsection 3, for jury and witness fees,
23mileage, costs related to summoning jurors, costs and fees for
24interpreters and translators, and reimbursement of attorney
25fees paid by the state public defender:
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   272.  The judicial branch, except for purposes of internal
28processing, shall use the current state budget system, the
29state payroll system, and the Iowa finance and accounting
30system in administration of programs and payments for services,
31and shall not duplicate the state payroll, accounting, and
32budgeting systems.
   333.  The judicial branch shall submit monthly financial
34statements to the legislative services agency and the
35department of management containing all appropriated accounts
-1-1in the same manner as provided in the monthly financial status
2reports and personal services usage reports of the department
3of administrative services. The monthly financial statements
4shall include a comparison of the dollars and percentage
5spent of budgeted versus actual revenues and expenditures on
6a cumulative basis for full-time equivalent positions and
7dollars.
   84.  The judicial branch shall focus efforts upon the
9collection of delinquent fines, penalties, court costs, fees,
10surcharges, or similar amounts.
   115.  It is the intent of the general assembly that the offices
12of the clerks of the district court operate in all 99 counties
13and be accessible to the public as much as is reasonably
14possible in order to address the relative needs of the citizens
15of each county. An office of the clerk of the district court
16shall be open regular courthouse hours.
   176.  In addition to the requirements for transfers under
18section 8.39, the judicial branch shall not change the
19appropriations from the amounts appropriated to the judicial
20branch in this Act, unless notice of the revisions is given to
21the legislative services agency prior to the effective date.
22The notice shall include information on the judicial branch’s
23rationale for making the changes and details concerning the
24workload and performance measures upon which the changes are
25based.
   267.  The judicial branch shall submit a semiannual update
27to the legislative services agency specifying the amounts of
28fines, surcharges, and court costs collected using the Iowa
29court information system since the last report. The judicial
30branch shall continue to facilitate the sharing of vital
31sentencing and other information with other state departments
32and governmental agencies involved in the criminal justice
33system through the Iowa court information system.
   348.  The judicial branch shall provide a report to the general
35assembly by January 1, 2024, concerning the amounts received
-2-1and expended from the court technology and modernization fund
2created in section 602.8108, subsection 7, during the fiscal
3year beginning July 1, 2022, and ending June 30, 2023, and the
4plans for expenditures from each fund during the fiscal year
5beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2024.
6   Sec. 2.  CIVIL TRIALS — LOCATION.  Notwithstanding any
7provision to the contrary, for the fiscal year beginning July
81, 2023, and ending June 30, 2024, if all parties in a case
9agree, a civil trial including a jury trial may take place in a
10county contiguous to the county with proper jurisdiction, even
11if the contiguous county is located in an adjacent judicial
12district or judicial election district. If the trial is moved
13pursuant to this section, court personnel shall treat the case
14as if a change of venue occurred.
15   Sec. 3.  TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT.  Notwithstanding section
16602.1509, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023, and
17ending June 30, 2024, a judicial officer may waive travel
18reimbursement for any travel outside the judicial officer’s
19county of residence to conduct official judicial business.
20   Sec. 4.  JUDICIAL OFFICER — UNPAID LEAVE.  Notwithstanding
21the annual salary rates for judicial officers established by
222022 Iowa Acts, chapter 1145, section 6, for the fiscal year
23beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2024, the supreme
24court may by order place all judicial officers on unpaid leave
25status on any day employees of the judicial branch are placed
26on temporary layoff status. The biweekly pay of the judicial
27officers shall be reduced accordingly for the pay period in
28which the unpaid leave date occurred in the same manner as
29for noncontract employees of the judicial branch. Through
30the course of the fiscal year, the judicial branch may use an
31amount equal to the aggregate amount of salary reductions due
32to the judicial officer unpaid leave days for any purpose other
33than for judicial salaries.
34   Sec. 5.  IOWA COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK.  It is the intent
35of the general assembly that the judicial branch utilize
-3-1the Iowa communications network or other secure electronic
2communications in lieu of traveling for the fiscal year
3beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2024.
4EXPLANATION
5The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
6the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   7This bill makes appropriations to the judicial branch.
   8The bill appropriates from the general fund of the state
9for FY 2023-2024 to the judicial branch for salaries, receipt
10and disbursement of child support payments, reimbursement of
11the auditor of state, maintenance, equipment, miscellaneous
12purposes, and for deposit in the revolving fund created
13pursuant to Code section 602.1302(3) for certain purposes.
   14The bill provides that a civil trial including a jury trial
15may take place in a county contiguous to the county with proper
16jurisdiction, even if the contiguous county is located in an
17adjacent judicial district or judicial election district, if
18all the parties in a case agree. If a trial is moved to another
19county that is located in another judicial district or judicial
20election district, the judicial officers serving the judicial
21district or judicial election district receiving the case shall
22preside over the case.
   23The bill permits a judicial officer to waive travel
24reimbursement for any travel outside the judicial officer’s
25county of residence to conduct official business.
   26The bill allows a judicial officer to be placed on unpaid
27leave on any day a court employee is required to furlough.
28The bill provides that if a judicial officer is placed on
29unpaid leave, the salary of the judicial officer shall be
30reduced accordingly for the pay period in which the unpaid
31leave occurred. The bill provides that the judicial branch
32may use an amount equal to the aggregate amount of the salary
33reductions due to judicial officer unpaid leave for any purpose
34other than judicial salaries.
   35The bill states legislative intent that the judicial
-4-1branch utilize the Iowa communications network or other secure
2electronic communications in lieu of traveling.
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