The Third Branch
The Third Branch is a quarterly publication of the Director of State Courts Office, providing news of interest to the Wisconsin Court System. Comments and suggestions may be directed to Tom Sheehan.
Current issue - Summer 2014
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Three new judges appointed
Gov. Scott Walker has appointed three new judges, including one to the District III Court of Appeals and one each to circuit courts in Milwaukee and Kenosha counties.
Committees take on court topics
Four of seven interim study committees of the Wisconsin Legislative Council address court-related issues.
Director of State Courts
Former Director of State Courts A. John Voelker has taken on a new career challenge after departing the court system July 25.
Remote interpreting considered
A consultant to the National Center for State Courts visited five circuit courts to assess the potential for using remote interpreting technology.
Reporters association promotes "realtime"
The Wisconsin Court Reporters Association is promoting the use of "realtime" court reporting technology.
PPAC Public Library Initiative takes to the road
The Fitchburg Public Library recently hosted an educational session of the Public Library Initiative, featuring judges and court staff.
Grant approved for full production of "Lavinia"
The Wisconsin Law Foundation will receive a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council to put on performances of the play "Lavinia."
Committee of Chief Judges
The Supreme Court selected a judge from Racine County to represent District Two on the Committee of Chief Judges. Members of the committee selected Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers to head the committee.
Judging runs in the family
The Fairchilds and Currans are featured in this edition's look at parents and children who have served as judges in Wisconsin.
Judicial code changes address pro se litigants
The Supreme Court has approved a news provision of the Wisconsin Judicial Code relating to assistance for self-represented litigants
Attorneys honored for pro bono work
The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Wisconsin pro bono program have established an honor society to recognize attorneys who volunteer their time.
Judge's column examines eFiling
Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Richard J. Sankovitz take a look at the state of eFiling in Wisconsin
Thirteen more counties receive TAD funding
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office has announced that 13 counties have been added to the list of those receiving grants for Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) programs.
Significant decisions make national headlines
The Wisconsin Supreme Court made headlines around the country when it released three anticipated decisions on one day – July 31.
Juror Appreciation Month
Courts throughout the state are hosting activities to celebrate September as Juror Appreciation Month.
Recidivism rate dropping
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported on a study of recidivism rates that was released recently by the Council of State Governments' Justice Center and the National Reentery Resource Center.
Medical mediation system
A series of articles published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examined trends in Wisconsin's medical mediation system.