MUSCATINE — Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren has been chosen as one of 17 members of the Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure Review Task Force.
Earlier this month, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady entered an order creating and appointing members to the task force, which will be chaired by Associate Justice Edward Mansfield.
According to the order, the task force's goal is to conduct a comprehensive review of the rules governing criminal cases in Iowa courts. Ostergren said the task force is asked to make recommendations to the Iowa Supreme Court for amending and updating the rules, as well as promoting any new rules that might be viewed as needed.
Cady said, in his order, the Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure has not undergone a comprehensive review since 1976 legislation moved the Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure from the Iowa Code to the Iowa Court Rules. Since 1983, the Iowa Supreme Court has had the authority to amend existing rules and create new rules in criminal procedure.
"I am honored to be appointed to this committee by the chief justice," Ostergren said. "As a prosecutor, I deal with these rules every day. They regulate the process by which we seek to achieve justice for crime victims and the community in general. I look forward to getting to work on this important effort."
Ostergren said he is currently serving his second term as Muscatine County Attorney and has been a prosecutor for 20 years. He is running for his third term in the June primary.
Ostergren is also a past president of the Iowa County Attorneys Association and on the board of directors of the National District Attorneys Association. He serves as co-chair of the NDAA's committee on legislation, policy and public relations, he said.
The task force also includes law professors, district court judges and other attorneys across the state, according to the order.