The clerk of court offices in Iowa’s courthouses, and the public-access computer terminals in those offices, will remain accessible to journalists even if some counties have closed their courthouses to the general public, the Iowa Judicial Branch has assured the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.

Any journalist who cannot get in to check court filings should contact the Iowa FOI Council and we will get the problem cleared up ASAP. Email is the best way to reach the council now — IowaFOICouncil@gmail.com.