Iowa in the United States

Legal Materials

Internet links to Iowa government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and WashLaw. Primary legal materials are also available fromLexis and Westlaw. Google Scholar has free cases back to 1950. Subscription servicesVersuslaw and Fastcase have cases back to 1950 as well. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in the North Western Reporter.

Information about bills introduced in the current and previous sessions is available through the Iowa Legislature website. For legislative intent research, the Archives page has an impressive collection of bills, session laws, reports, journals, committee information and superseded state statutes going back in some cases to 1995. For questions, call the Legislative Information Office (515-281-3566 or -8817) and/or the Legislative Library (515-281-3312).

The Legislature’s Statutory Law page links to historical editions of the Iowa Code back to 1839. The Legislature also posts the current Iowa Administrative Code, as well as historical editions back to 1998. The State Law Library posts the Governor’s Executive Orders.

For a discussion of Iowa law, see the Iowa Practice Series (West).

For an introduction to Iowa legal research resources see Iowa Legal Research: Sources of Iowa Law and Iowa Legislative Information by the Drake University Law Library. For a more extensive discussion, see Iowa Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press, 2011) and/or the Iowa Legal Research Guide by John D. Edwards (W.S. Hein & Co., 2003).

For questions about Iowa legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling theIowa State Law Library (800-248-4483), the University of Iowa Law Library (319-335-9002), and/or the Drake University Law Library (515-271-3189).

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Topics Covered by the Iowa Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Iowa jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Iowa statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Iowa Statutes
  • IA Cases & Case Law
  • Iowa Legal Websites
  • IA State Government Info
  • Iowa Counties
  • Iowa Cities
  • Legislation
  • IA Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Iowa Legal Forms
  • Iowa Courts
  • IA State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Iowa Law Enforcement
  • Iowa Media Sources


See Also

Iowa: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Iowa. This part provides references, in relation to Iowa, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Iowa by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Iowa and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Iowa or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Iowa and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Iowa. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Iowa should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Iowa when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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