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 pay their fines online at www.iowacourts.gov, they represent themselves by looking through the court rules and forms and then efile on that same site. There are also instructions on how to represent themselves, file their own cases, and search case records for the whole state of Iowa. A person can also search for an Iowa attorney or locate phone number contacts.