The new budget will allow the court to hire more than 40 positions throughout the state, including 13 juvenile court officers.
Nearly 30 offices in northwest Iowa will open with the new hours July 15. The remaining offices, including the clerk of appellate court office, will open with the new hours Sept. 3.
All court users should notice fewer postponements of court dates due to the unavailability of a court reporter. This year’s budget includes the addition of 13 court reporter positions.
The budget also includes four new information technology positions to help with the implementation of electronic filing in the state. The Electronic Document Management System is implemented in about half the state and is expected to be fully implemented statewide by 2015.
Clinton County will implement EDMS sometime in late 2014 or early 2015, which Hess said will make the clerk’s office more efficient.
“The future of the Iowa Judicial Branch is bright as we move into a new fiscal year,” State Court Administrator David Boyd said. “The legislature and governor have provided us with the resources we need to focus on delivering accessible, timely and high-quality justice.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report