Iowa Legal Overview: Ames-Boone
The Ames-Boone metropolitan area in Iowa is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Story and Boone counties. It can also be defined as a combined statistical area or CSA that includes the Ames MSA which covers all of Story County, and the Boone micropolitan area, which covers Boone County. Iowa is divided into eight judicial districts and the two aforementioned counties come under District Two. Each county has its own district court located in the county seat. Listed below are the main cities in the Ames-Boone metro area.
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1. The Story County District Court is located in the county seat of Nevada, even though Ames is the biggest city in the county. It has original and general jurisdiction over all criminal and civil cases filed in the county, except for those which are filed in federal court (see below). The Boone County District Court is located in the county courthouse in the city of Boone. Appeals against verdicts handed down by these courts may be filed with the Iowa Court of Appeals in Des Moines.
Trending Legal Topics: The Iowa Supreme Court is the court of last resort as far as the state judicial system is concerned. Federal cases in Story and Boone counties have to be filed with the Des Moines Division, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Bankruptcy petitions likewise are to be filed with the Des Moines Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Federal appeals against decisions handed down by the U.S. District Court in Des Moines are filed with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.