Iowa Legal Overview: Des Moines-Newton-Pella
The Des Moines-Newton-Pella metropolitan area in Iowa is defined by the Census Bureau as covering seven counties. It can also be defined as made up of the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area which has five counties (Polk, Dallas, Warren, Madison and Guthrie) and the Newton and Pella micropolitan areas which cover Jasper and Marion counties respectively. Iowa is divided into eight judicial districts, and all seven counties are included in District Five. Listed below are the major cities in the Des Moines-Newton-Pella metro area.
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1. The Polk County District Court, which is a part of the Fifth Judicial District, is located in the county courthouse in Des Moines and has general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases. Similarly, the Jasper County District Court is in Newton and the Marion County District Court can be found in Pella. The city of West Des Moines spans across Polk, Dallas and Warren counties, so residents will have to choose the right district court in their own county.
Trending Legal Topics: Appeals against decisions handed down by one of these district courts have to be taken up with the Iowa Court of Appeals, which is located in Des Moines. The intermediate appellate court’s decisions may be taken up for review by the Iowa Supreme Court, which is the court of last resort. Federal cases in these counties have to be filed with the Des Moines Division of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Federal appeals in Iowa are heard by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.