Mark Cady’s term as Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court renewed for another term

by Rox Laird | November 17, 2016

The Iowa Supreme Court has renewed Justice Mark Cady’s term as chief justice for another eight years, the court announced Thursday.

Cady was retained for another eight-year term on the court by Iowa voters in the Nov. 8 election. He was first selected as chief justice in 2011 following the removal by voters of three justices – including then-Chief Justice Marsha Ternus – in 2010.

In addition to carrying a full opinion writing load on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Cady oversees the administration of the Iowa Judicial Branch, a trial and appellate court system with more than 1,700 employees and a budget of $180 million.

The Iowa Code specifies that the justices of the Supreme Court shall select one justice as
chief justice, to serve during that justice’s term of office. The chief justice is eligible for reselection. . . .” The seven members of the Court choose the chief justice in a private conference.

“I am honored to continue to serve as Chief Justice of Iowa’s court system,” Cady is quoted as saying in Thursday’s news release. “Justice is important to every Iowan, and our court system will continue to strive to provide all Iowans with the services they need and the justice they deserve. I am grateful for the confidence my colleagues have placed in me and for the devoted work of all judges, magistrates and court staff across the state.”


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