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Des Moines Courthouses

Last updated: November 25, 2013

Looking for a courthouse in Des Moines? Des Moines is the judicial center of Iowa, hosting the Iowa Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the main trial courts for District 5 of the Iowa District Court system. For most court business, start with the Polk County Courthouse, which is known for being incredibly busy and overcrowded. The historic courthouse, originally built in 1906 with four courtrooms, now houses 28 courtrooms.

Check out the list of court locations below for information about all of the courthouses in Des Moines, including links to court websites, contact information and notes on the types of matters heard at each location. Also, if you’re looking for tips on self-representation in Iowa, the “Representing Yourself” page on the Iowa Judicial Branch website is a great place to start.

Trial Courts in Des Moines

  • Polk County Courthouse

    500 Mulberry Street
    Des Moines,
    IA 50309

    Tel: (515) 286-3198

    The Iowa District Court has jurisdiction over all civil, criminal, juvenile and probate matters. The main District Court for District 5 is located at the Polk County Courthouse. The Clerk’s Office is located in Room 512. Both the Juvenile Court and the Small Claims Court are housed in other locations in the city. The Iowa Judicial Branch page on jury service in Polk County District Court has directions, parking, hours and more helpful information about the courthouse.

  • Juvenile Court

    Polk County River Place
    2309 Euclid Avenue

    Des Moines,
    IA 50310

    Tel: (515) 286-3960

    The Juvenile Court hears four types of matters involving juveniles: cases involving abuse or neglect of a child, delinquency cases, adoption and commitment proceedings to place a child in a treatment facility.

  • Small Claims and the Suburban Traffic Court

    500 South West 7th Street
    Des Moines,
    IA 50309

    Tel: (515) 875-5534

    This location hears small claims disputes in which the amount claimed is under $5,000. The Suburban Traffic Court is also located here.

Appellate Courts in Des Moines

Federal Courts in Des Moines

  • U.S. District Court- Southern District of Iowa

    123 East Walnut Street
    Des Moines,
    IA 50309

    Tel: (515) 284-6248

    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa hears cases involving federal law or parties form multiple states.

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court- Southern District of Iowa

    110 East Court Avenue
    Suite 300

    Des Moines,
    IA 50309

    Tel: (515) 284-6230

    The court handles bankruptcy matters for Des Moines and Polk County. You can file your bankruptcy forms and attend bankruptcy hearings at this location. For hours and directions visit the Court Information page.

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