Ida County Attorney
Ida County Courthouse – 401 Moorehead, Ida Grove, IA 51445
Hours – 8-4:30pm Monday thru Friday

712.364.3517
Fax: 712.364.4445
Email

Ida County Clerk of Court
Ida County Courthouse – 401 Moorehead, Ida Grove, IA 51445
Hours – 8-4:30pm Monday thru Friday
The office may be closed during the lunch hour due to staff shortage

712.364.2628
Fax: 712.364.2699
Jury Duty Status: 712-364-7460
Email

Ida County Attorney
712.364.3517

Ida County Attorney

The County Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer of the county. In our criminal justice system, the decision whether to prosecute, and if so on what charges, is a matter ordinarily within the discretion of the duly elected prosecutor.
The attorneys and staff in the Ida County Attorney’s Office work hard to achieve justice for the victims of crime and to serve the community and residents in Ida County, by prosecuting violations of state law and providing legal counsel to the county government.
The responsibilities of the County Attorney are prosecuting violations of the laws of the State of Iowa, and of County Ordinances.
The County Attorney DOES:

  • Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances.
  • Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township officers concerning county matters.
  • Represent and defend the state, county and its officers in officially related cases.
  • Recover all monies (debts, fines, penalties, etc.) owing to the state or county.
  • Present all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency and child in need of assistance cases.
  • There are both full-time and part-time County Attorneys in Iowa. Roughly two-thirds of all County Attorneys are part-time and may handle private legal work in addition to their official duties.

Megan Cosgrove-Whitmer

Ida County Clerk of Court
712.364.2628

Ida County Clerk of Court

Nearly all cases begin in the district (trial) court and there is one district court in every county in Iowa. The district court has general jurisdiction of civil, criminal, juvenile, and probate matters in the state. It is where parties start their lawsuits, prosecutors file criminal charges, trials take place, lawyers offer evidence, witnesses testify, juries deliberate, and judges enter judgments. For purposes of administration, Iowa is divided into eight judicial districts. A chief judge who is selected by the Iowa Supreme Court heads each district.

A person can also pay their court fines online at www.iowacourts.gov. They can represent themselves by looking through the court rules and forms and since Iowa is an electronically filing state, they must file actions electronically or in other terms, through a computer with the link on that same site. Those instructions are located on the same website under the tab “For the Public”. A person can also search for an Iowa attorney or locate phone number contacts. Also, please note that the Clerk of the Court cannot give legal advice as their only duty is an administrator of the records of court files for each county for which they are responsible.

Lisa Grashoff

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