In an effort to protect the public, attorneys, court staff, and judges from the health risks associated with COVID-19, the Wisconsin courts have issued orders temporarily suspending in-person proceedings statewide, with certain limited exceptions.

Recent Supreme Court opinions

03/19/20 - 2018AP1681 (2020 WI 28)
Steven J. Piper v. Jones Dairy Farm - The decision of the Court of Appeals is affirmed in part, reversed in part, and cause remanded.
Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet delivered the majority opinion of the Court, in which Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Justice Daniel Kelly, and Justice Brian K. Hagedorn joined. Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler filed a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack joined. Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley filed a dissenting opinion.

Search for previous opinions.

  • news and events
  • how do I...
  • quick links
  • court closures
  • COVID-19
  • live stream courts

Current news and events

Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts three new cases

March 27, 2020 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept three new cases, and the Court acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, counties of origin, and the issues presented in granted cases are listed. More detailed synopses will be released at a later date. More information about pending appellate cases can be found on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Published Court of Appeals opinions can be found here, and the status of pending Supreme Court cases can be found here. see full article see full article

Order allows remote administration of oaths at depositions

March 26, 2020 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily allowing for the remote administration of oaths at depositions by audio-visual means during the COVID-19 pandemic. A copy of the order can be found here.

Wisconsin Supreme Court eases step in process for new law school grads

March 25, 2020 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state's next class of law school graduates to take the first formal step in their budding legal careers, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. see full article see full article

Wisconsin Supreme Court puts hold on jury trials, halts in-person proceedings statewide in favor of phone and video appearances

March 22, 2020 - In an effort to protect the public, attorneys, court staff and judges from the health risks associated with COVID-19, the Wisconsin Supreme Court today issued orders postponing jury trials and temporarily suspending in-person proceedings statewide, with certain limited exceptions. see full article see full article

Courts remain operational with some limitations in service; Supreme Court cancels March 18 oral argument

March 18, 2020 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Circuit Courts remain operational but with reduced calendaring sufficient to accommodate high priority cases. see full article see full article

COVID-19 circuit court emergency orders posted on wicourts.gov

March 18, 2020 - A number of Wisconsin circuit courts have issued orders or are making temporary changes to some court calendars and procedures as a result of the public health emergency created by COVID-19. Copies of those orders can be found under a COVID-19 tab atop the court system's homepage. Attorneys or litigants with questions about a particular court activity or appearance should check with the clerk of circuit court's office in the appropriate county.

Court interpreter orientation program canceled

March 18, 2020 - A Wisconsin court interpreter orientation program that was scheduled for April 4-5 in Pewaukee, and interpreter testing that was scheduled to take place on May 1 in Waukesha, have been canceled due to COVID-19 health precautions. see full article see full article

Wisconsin court system responds to COVID-19 concerns

March 11, 2020 - The Director of State Courts and court administrators, judicial administrative district chief judges, presiding judges and circuit court judges continue to monitor state and local health guidance and information as COVID-19 coronavirus proliferates and concerns grow across Wisconsin. see full article see full article

Judge Koschnick discusses new circuit court branches

March 11, 2020 - Director of State Courts Randy R. Koschnick spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Morning Show on March 11 regarding the new judgeships in Wisconsin created by 2019 Wisconsin Act 184. see full article see full article

Four counties named to receive additional circuit court branches in 2021

March 9, 2020 - As authorized by newly enacted legislation, Director of State Courts Randy R. Koschnick today named the four Wisconsin counties selected for new circuit court branches, effective Aug. 1, 2021. see full article see full article

Governor Evers Signs Bill Creating 12 New Circuit Court Judgeships

March 5, 2020 - Gov. Tony Evers signed Assembly Bill 470 into law today at the District III Court of Appeals in Wausau. 2019 Wisconsin Act 184 creates 12 new circuit court branches in the state, four each in 2021, 2022, and 2023. see full article see full article


For more news items check the news headlines.

Court closure information

There are no closures at this time. Please see the COVID-19 tab for related information specific to your county circuit court.


Circuit court closure schedule

Please review the closure schedule Adobe PDF for a list of dates within the current calendar year during which circuit courts are closed for business.


Municipal courts

For information regarding municipal court closures, please check the village, town, or city website.

COVID-19 orders and information


Supreme Court and Court of Appeals orders


Circuit court orders

(For the most up to date information regarding individual county operations, please visit their website or contact the clerk of circuit court office).


Tribal court orders

(Please contact individual tribes for the most updated information.)


Additional resources

Live stream circuit court hearings

virtual court

Note: The following are external links and will take you away from the wicourts.gov site.

Columbia County

Dane County

Dunn County

Forest County

Eau Claire County

Green County

Iowa County

Iron County

Kenosha County

La Crosse County

Lafayette County

Marinette County

Racine County

Rock County

Sauk County