(Atlantic) It should be business as usual for the Cass County Court System despite the suspension of Attorney Magistrate J.C. Van Ginkles’ license to practice law.
On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court Disciplinary Board suspended the license of Atlantic attorney J.C. Van Ginkle prohibiting him from practicing law for at least 60-days. Van Ginkle was also one of two county magistrates. That leaves just one, Steve Heckenbach. However, Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner says this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
“We will have to work around it a little bit, but we do have access to judges who can provide backup as well as judicial duties that Mr. Heckenbach will be assuming because of Mr. Van Ginkle’s suspension,” stated Feistner.
The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board charged Van Ginkle with multiple violations of disciplinary rules in connection with the probate and closing of the estate of John Oxley.
The 25-page report issued Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court Disciplinary Board stated that Van Ginkle engaged in “neglect and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, made false representation to the court,” and prematurely obtained attorneys’ fees in a probate proceeding.”
Van Ginkle has been suspended for an indefinite period of time with no possibility of reinstatement for 60-days. That means he must wait at least 60-days before applying for reinstatement. It says the suspension applies to “all facets of the practice of law,” as well as “to any service as a judicial magistrate,” and notes that he will be responsible for the costs of the proceedings.
January 16, 2012