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Barron County hosts legislator for ride-along

Barron County Circuit Court Judge James C. Babler hosted Sen. Janet Bewley
Barron County Circuit Court Judge James C. Babler hosted Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) at the Barron County Courthouse as part of the Judicial Ride-Along Program.

Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) spent an afternoon at the Barron County Courthouse as part of the Judicial Ride-Along Program. Bewley met with Barron County Circuit Court Judges James C. Babler and Maureen D. Boyle as well as Clerk of Circuit Court Sharon Millerman. Bewley also observed intake court proceedings in  Babler’s court.

“We are so pleased that Sen. Bewley took the time to learn more about the court system and issues facing Barron County,” Babler said. “This is the first time in 11 years that a state legislator has accepted our invitation to observe the Barron County Circuit Court in action.”

The Judicial Ride-Along Program was established in 1993 by the Director of State Courts Office as an effort to promote better communication between the judicial and legislative branches of government, and to give legislators and judges better understanding of the two branches. The program gives legislators the opportunity to see how the courts work and how they impact the community. The program also gives legislators a chance to ask judges questions and learn about the tools they use to make sentencing decisions.

New legislators are invited to participate each legislative session. The program has also been expanded to include county board supervisors and members of the media. 

For more information on the Judicial Ride-Along Program, contact Legislative Liaison Nancy Rottier at (608) 267-9733 or nancy.rottier@wicourts.gov.

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