Effective January 1, 2011, the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa will begin using an electronic court seal to certify court documents and to issue subpoenas, summonses, warrants and writs.   The electronic court seal will have the same force and effect as the hand-stamped, raised seal.  It is anticipated that use of the electronic court seal will save the court and its constituents both time and money and will move the court one step closer to our goal of becoming fully electronic.  If there are any questions about this new process, please call Kathy Brandenburg at 515/284-6432.