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RG 055 Supreme Court and Court of Appeals

The Territorial Supreme Court of Iowa was organized on November 28, 1838, with justices appointed by the president and with appellate jurisdiction over all causes. When Iowa became a state on December 28, 1846; the states constitution provided for the creation of a State Supreme Court. In addition to the powers and duties of the territorial court, the new court was given the duty of reporting to the legislature all omissions, discrepancies, or other evident imperfections of the law. In 1976, the Court of Appeals was created as an intermediate court of appeal. The Supreme Court decides which cases it will hear and which cases will be transferred to the Court of Appeals. The following is a partial list of the records of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals records in our holdings. A complete list of record series is included in the Preliminary Guide to the Records of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals available Research Center in Des Moines.

Title Date Span
Abstracts and Arguments 1869-2007
Admissions to the Bar on Motion Files 1981-2000
Announcement Books 1912-1942
Appeals, Proceedings, Transcripts, Papers Filed 1858-1945
Applications for Admissions to the Bar 1848-2005
Calendars 1855-1881
Case Files 1840-1859, 1864-1886, 1921-2005
Deed and Sales Record 1857-1866
Docket Cards 1977-1998
Execution Dockets 1843-1861
Fee Books 1843-1907
Final Judgments 1866-1881
Judge's Submission Dockets 1904-1913
Judgment Dockets 1848-1853
Law Student Registrations 1975-1995
Letter Books 1883-1906
Minute Books 1842-1850
Motion Books 1848-1964
Opinion Blotter (Written Journal Record) 1906-1967
Opinions, Court of Appeals 1977-2005
Opinions, Supreme Court 1869-2005
Original Entry Calendar and Fee Book 1906-1965
Original Entry Calendar and Fee Book - Index 1906-1965
Original Entry Calendars 1882-1906
Parole Dockets 1908-1917
Receipt Books 1900-1903
Supreme Court Bar Docket 1843-1857
Supreme Court Calendar 1844-1848
Supreme Court Clerk's Calendar 1855-1885
Supreme Court Clerk's Docket 1844-1890
Supreme Court Clerk's Letter Books 1883-1906
Supreme Court Docket 1849-1861
Supreme Court Record 1848-1970