16, Iowa Rules of Electronic Procedure before you register for or use the
Iowa Electronic Document Management System (EDMS). In addition, please note the
Electronic filing is mandatory:
Electronic filing of new court cases and appeals, unless
otherwise required or authorized by the Chapter 16, Iowa Rules of Electronic
Procedure, is mandatory. You must register to use EDMS:
Registration is required before you can use EDMS. In order
to register, you must have and maintain a current email account for use with
EDMS. Your email account can be with whichever provider you choose, e.g.
Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc. When you have completed your registration and
received approval of your login (also called username) and password, you
can begin filing and receiving documents immediately. Your registration
constitutes your request for, and consent to, electronic service of
court-generated documents and documents filed electronically by other parties.
Note to Pro Hac Vice Attorneys: As
an attorney not licensed to practice law in Iowa, you must comply with Iowa
Court Rule 31.14 before you can register to use EDMS. After you obtain court
approval to appear in your case, you will be issued a Pro Hac Vice Personal
Identification Number (PHV PIN), which you will use to register in EDMS. Once
registered, you must file an appearance to get access and electronic service
on the case you were admitted to.
You must keep your login and password secure:
You are responsible for keeping your login and password
secure, including changing your password periodically to maintain security.
username and password serve as your signature on documents you file with the
court, and you are responsible for all documents filed using your username and password,
as well as for any electronic downloading or viewing done using your login and
password. The court can impose sanctions on filers who improperly access or
file documents, therefore its important that you not share your username and
password with anyone or allow anyone to use it except as provided in these
rules. If you believe your password has been compromised (you have lost your
password or you think someone else knows your password), you must change it
immediately to prevent unauthorized access to EDMS.
You must maintain your registration information and monitor
your email account:
You are responsible for updating your registration
information promptly when any changes occur to your email address, mailing
address, or telephone number. Along with maintaining a current email account,
you are responsible for monitoring it regularly and opening email notices
Withdrawal from EDMS does not mean you are withdrawn from a
case or exempt from electronic filing:
You may request withdrawal from participation in EDMS through
your EDMS account, or, if you are unable to access EDMS, by contacting the
clerk of court. If your request to withdraw is approved, your log in
and password will be canceled and your name will be deleted from applicable
electronic service lists. However, your withdrawal from participation in EDMS
does not authorize you to file cases or documents non-electronically, nor does
it mean you are withdrawn from a case.
You must redact protected and confidential information:
You are responsible for ensuring that protected and
confidential information is properly redacted in documents that you file in
EDMS according to Division VI: Personal Privacy Protection section
of the Chapter 16, Iowa Rules of Electronic Procedure.
be imposed on you if the court finds that you have purposefully filed documents
that contain un-redacted protected information as defined by the rules or by
court order or statute. These sanctions may include requiring you to pay
damages and reasonable expenses, costs, and attorney fees associated with the
filing of that information. You also may be found to be in contempt of court
and charged as such.