Iowa

Tolling

The Iowa Supreme Court announced tolling of statutes of limitations in a March 17 order regarding court procedures. According to a March 23 operations summary from the Iowa Judicial Branch: “The March 17th order is intended to toll the statute of limitations or similar deadline for commencing an action in district court by 48 days. Tolling means you add that amount of time to the statute of limitations. So, for example, if the statute would otherwise run on April 8, 2020, it now runs on May 26, 2020 (48 days later).” The Judicial Branch Operations Summary is available here.

Suspension of Garnishments and Executions

On April 24, 2020, Governor Kym Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency suspending garnishments and executions: “I hereby temporarily suspend the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 642 authorizing garnishment and the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 626 allowing execution of garnishment, except for those provisions relating to enforcement of domestic support orders.” The Proclamation does not affect current garnishments and remains in effect through the end of the “state of public health disaster emergency,” which has been extended to May 27.