Iowa Appeals Court Comes to Grand View

March 11, 2016

The Iowa Court of Appeals will be holding oral arguments on the Grand View campus on April 5th at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Viking Theater. The court will hear two cases over an hour and take questions from the audience afterwards. The hearings are open to the public and the Court encourages people to attend. To RSVP for this event, email

The Iowa Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court. It reviews appeals from trial court decisions that have been transferred to the court of appeals by the Supreme Court. A decision of the Iowa Court of Appeals is final unless reviewed by the Iowa Supreme Court on grant of further review. Some opinions of the Iowa Court of Appeals are published and become precedent for subsequent cases. The majority of appeals filed in Iowa are decided by the Court of Appeals.

Typically, a panel of three judges hears a case. The court divides into panels in order to manage its heavy caseload. The panels for the cases to be heard at Grand View will consist of five judges, including 1997 Grand View alumnus, Judge Christopher Lee McDonald.  The appellate court process will allow Grand View students, faculty, staff, and the public to develop a perspective on how courts operate. There are no jury members at these proceedings. Appeals cases are a multi-judge review of a single judge’s decision. For more information about the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa court system, visit the Iowa Judicial Branch website at        

Note to news media
News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at