Two Iowa Supreme Court Justices spoke to Rotary on Wednesday, May 9. Justices Waterman and Mansfield (both appointed by Governor Branstad in 2011) shared the judicial process with Rotarians. The Iowa Supreme Court is in essence like a Board of Directors for the judicial branch - determining budget allocations within the branch once the legislature provides funding. The core mission of the Supreme Court is to decide appeals and provide judgements on difficult and controversial issues. One of the goals of the court is to improve pace of decision making - in 2010, the average length was 8 months. Court often has to interpret unclear legislation and decide narrow contsitutional questions. A future goal moving forward is to continue to take "court on the road" so the public can see the court in action and learn more about how the system works.