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Q: AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED IN PART.What does that mean?

A mother appeals a child in need of assistance adjudication

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Austin J Luse
Austin J Luse
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Licensed in Iowa

A: When a ruling has been appealed and is "Affirmed in Part and Reversed in Part", it means that a portion of the appealed ruling has been affirmed, meaning confirmed here; and part of the appealed ruling has been Reversed, meaning that part of the original ruling is no longer valid. I would need more context to determine what the meaning of the affirmation & reversal in part mean specifically for your case.

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels
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  • Appeals & Appellate Lawyer
  • Baltimore, MD

A: First, I am not an Iowa lawyer. That being said: "Affirmed in part and reversed in part" is exactly what those words mean. The trial court ruling/ decision was affirmed in certain respect and reversed in other respect. It also means that the appellant won--for the part of the trial court ruling that was reversed. It also generally means that the decision will be remanded to the trial court for possibly a new trial or some clarification.

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