In an effort to protect the public, attorneys, court staff, and judges from the health risks associated with COVID-19, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued a number of orders affecting appellate and circuit court procedures, and in-person proceedings statewide.

Recent Supreme Court opinions

07/03/20 - (18AP319-CR) (2020 WI 64)
State v. Timothy E. Dobbs - The decision of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.
Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet delivered the majority opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II, and III.C., in which all Justices joined; the majority opinion of the Court with respect to Part III.A., in which Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, and Justice Brian Hagedorn joined; and the majority opinion of the Court with respect to Part III.B., in which Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley, and Justice Daniel Kelly joined. Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler filed a concurring opinion, in which Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack and Justice Brian Hagedorn joined. Justice Daniel Kelly filed a concurring opinion, in which Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley joined.

07/03/20 - (17AP774-CR) (2020 WI 63)
State v. Courtney Brown - The decision of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.
Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley delivered the majority opinion of the Court, in which Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack, Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, and Justice Daniel Kelly joined. Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley filed a concurring opinion in which Justice Daniel Kelly joined. Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet filed a dissenting opinion.
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley withdrew from participation.
Justice Brian Hagedorn did not participate.

06/26/20 - (17AP2525) (2020 WI 61)
Town of Delafield v. Central Transport Kriewaldt - The decision of the Court of Appeals is affirmed and the cause is remanded to the circuit court.
Justice Brian Hagedorn delivered the majority opinion of the Court, in which Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, and Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet joined. Justice Daniel Kelly filed a concurring opinion, in which Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley joined.

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Current news and events

Commercial Docket Pilot Project expands to additional jurisdictions

July 1, 2020 - On February 12, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered the extension of the Commercial Docket Pilot Project for an additional two years and expanded to additional regions in the state. Commencing July 1, 2020, District 10, District 2, and Dane County will be jurisdictions included and commercial docket judges will be assigned to commercial docket cases. These regions are in addition to District 8 and Waukesha County, where commercial docket judges have been hearing cases since July 2017.

Chief Judge Robert P. VanDeHey elected chair of Committee of Chief Judges

June 26, 2020 - Seventh Judicial Administrative District Chief Judge Robert P. VanDeHey, Grant County Circuit Court, today was elected chair of the Committee of Chief Judges, effective Aug. 1. see full article see full article

Court system finds new opportunities with remote meeting technology

June 26, 2020 - The online videoconferencing service Zoom has served the Wisconsin court system like a Swiss Army knife since the beginning of the pandemic. It hasn't been the perfect tool for every job, but it's gotten a lot of work done in difficult times. see full article see full article

Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts three new cases

June 23, 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

Wisconsin court system delivering 600,000 face masks to circuit courts statewide

June 12, 2020 - Wisconsin state court system staff are distributing 600,000 face masks purchased through the Director of State Courts office to assist circuit courts statewide in advancing local plans to resume in-person proceedings and jury trials. see full article see full article

Judges discuss Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force Report in WisconsinEye interview

June 3, 2020 - WisconsinEye's Steve Walters recently interviewed Director of State Courts Randy R. Koschnick, Bayfield County Circuit Court Judge John P. Anderson and retired Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge John J. DiMotto about the Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force report and circuit court operations. A recording of the Newsmakers episode is available here.

Director Koschnick addresses circuit court planning for resumption of in-person proceedings, jury trials

June 3, 2020 - The State Bar of Wisconsin recently interviewed Director of State Courts Randy R. Koschnick about circuit court planning for the resumption of in-person proceedings and jury trials, as directed by Supreme Court orders and guided by the Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force report. A video of the interview and related article from the InsideTrack newsletter can be found here.

Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts six new cases

June 1, 2020 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept six 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

Supreme Court order addresses process for resumption of in-person circuit court proceedings

May 22, 2020 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court today issued three administrative orders addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The orders address: (1) the Final Report of the Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force; (2) the extension of orders concerning appellate court operations and remote proceedings; and (3) the extension of orders and an interim rule concerning jury trials and remote hearings in the circuit courts.

Chief Justice's Wisconsin Court COVID-19 Task Force issues report

May 15, 2020 - Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack today announced that the Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force has issued its final report, including a framework to guide counties and circuit courts as they work together to reopen facilities, return to in-person proceedings, and begin to normalize operations. see full article see full article

Oral argument in Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm to be livestreamed May 5

May 4, 2020 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hold oral argument in Wisconsin Legislature v. Andrea Palm, 20AP765-OA, on Tuesday, May 5 beginning at 10 a.m. see full article see full article


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