Marshall County and Iowa Courts to Use Orpheum Theater
Wednesday / July 22, 2020
MARSHALLTOWN – Marshall County and the Iowa Courts have entered into an agreement with Iowa Valley Community College to use the Orpheum Theater for overflow court proceedings. The agreement will begin July 22 and run through December 2020.
“The Covid-19 pandemic, in conjunction with our being displaced from the Courthouse since the tornado in July of 2018, has made it a challenge to provide access to the courts,” said District Court Judge John Haney. “While we are still in the preliminary stages for resuming court operations in response to COVID-19, we anticipate the Orpheum Theater will be utilized for District Court, District Associate Court, and Juvenile Court proceedings here in Marshall County. We also believe space will be utilized for civil and criminal jury trials as the need arises.”
Judge Haney emphasized that the court system is implementing cleaning and safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of parties, attorneys, court staff, judges, potential jurors, and all Iowans who seek access to our courts at the Max Building and Orpheum Theater. Additional information will be forthcoming as we transition to permit in-person hearings and trials in July, and jury proceedings in September.
Marshall County and the Court expressed appreciation to Chancellor Kristie Fisher, Senator Jeff Edler, and the Iowa Valley Community College District staff for their cooperation and assistance in transitioning the Orpheum Theater spaces into Courtroom spaces. Because of the great civic-mindedness of Iowa Valley Community College District this will assist the Marshall County Courts in serving the patrons of Marshall County.
“We are honored to lend our facilities to Marshall county for use by the court system during this difficult time,” said Chancellor Kristie Fisher.
The Orpheum Theater is owned and operated by the Iowa Valley Community College District. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all events to be held at the Orpheum had been rescheduled, relocated, or canceled through December 2020.