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Court Filing and Services Fee Changes Take Effect July 15, 2020 - June 30, 2020

This post was researched and written by 2020 Summer Associate Rob Servilio. Tara Hall reviewed the post. 

 

On June 13, the Iowa Legislature passed and on June 25 Governor Reynolds signed SF457 implementing several changes to Iowa State Court filing and services fees that will take effect on July 15.  The complete list of changes is in the table below. Some fees were eliminated, and many were increased by $10.

 

Additionally, the bill concerns surcharges for criminal penalties, court funds, and misdemeanor and felony fines.

 

Among the many notable changes, the bill is expected to add $6 million to the Court Technology Fund and boost the ability of Iowa courts to hold virtual proceedings as necessitated by COVID-19.

 

Filing Type

Former

New

New Iowa Code Section

Filing and docketing a petition (counties with population less than 98,000)

$185

$195

602.8105 1(a)

Filing and docketing a petition (counties with population equal to or greater than 98,000)

$190
$200
602.8105 1(a)

Filing and docketing a petition for dissolution of marriage (20% of generated funds will be used for sexual assault and domestic violence centers)

$185

$265

602.8105 1(b)

CLAUSE ADDED

Filing and docketing a petition pursuant to Chapter 598 other than dissolution of marriage (e.g. guardianship, custody, support)

$100

$110

602.8105 1(b)

Filing and docketing an application for modification of a dissolution decree

$100

$110

602.8105 1(d)

Entering a final decree of dissolution of marriage

$50

-

CLAUSE REMOVED

Filing and docketing a petition for adoption pursuant to chapter 600

$100

$0

602.8105 1(d)

Filing and docketing in small claims court

$85

$95

631.6 1(a)

Postage for mailing of original notice in small claims court

$10

$20

631.6 1(c)

Appealing from judgement in small claims or filing and docketing writ of error

$185

$195

602.8105 1(f)

Moving to show cause in a civil case

$50

$60

602.8105 1(g)

Filing and docketing a transcript of the judgement in a civil case

 

$50

 

$60

 

602.8105 1(h)

Filing a tribal judgement

$100

$110

602.8105 1(i)

Filing and entering any other statutory lien

$50

$60

602.8105 2(a)

Certificate and seal from the clerk of the district court (except for an application to procure, e.g. pension, bounty, back-pay)

$20

$30

602.8105 2(b)

Certifying change in title of real estate

$50

$60

602.8105 2(c)

Filing a praecipe to issue execution under Chapter 626 (e.g. enforcing a judgement)

$25

$35

602.8105 2(d)

Filing a praecipe to issue execution under Chapter 654 (e.g. foreclosing a mortgage)

$50

$60

602.8105 2(e)

Filing a confession of judgement under Chapter 676 (for judgement of at most $5,000

$50

$60

602.8105 2(f)

Filing a confession of judgement under Chapter 676 (for judgement of more than $5,000)

$100

$110

602.8105 2(f)

Filing a lis pendens (notice of lawsuit concerning real property interests)

$50

$60

602.8105 2(g)

Civil penalty for applicable convictions under 692A.110 (e.g. certain sex offenses) (for crimes prior to July 1, 2009)

$200

$210

602.8105 2(h)

Civil penalty for applicable convictions under 692A.110 (e.g. certain sex offenses) (for crimes on or after July 1, 2009)

$250

$260

602.8105 2(h)

 

             

 



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