In January I wrote about the new Iowa Business Specialty Court Pilot Project. This week the Iowa Supreme Court announced that three judges have been selected to hear cases for the business court. The judges include:
- Judge Michael Huppert of the 5th Judicial District, which includes Dallas, Polk and Warren counties;
- Judge Annette Scieszinski of the 8th Judicial District;
- Judge John Telleen of the 7th Judicial District.
I have had the opportunity to appear before or work with all three of these judges. It's an excellent list of judges to get this pilot project off the ground. Again, I'd like to see the threshold amount come down from $200,000 so that more business cases can be involved but it will be interesting to see how the new business court is received by lawyers and the public. Eligible cases can begin to be transferred May 1, 2013.