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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.