Rules & requirements

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Rules

Since 2009, use of the eFiling system has been mandatory for attorneys filing briefs in appeals, no-merit reports, petitions for review, and responses. The 2009 rule required an electronic copy of each brief to be filed with the court in addition to bound paper copies. Also according to the rule, electronic filing of appendices is optional for both attorneys and self-represented litigants, while electronic filing of all of the previously listed documents is optional for self-represented litigants. In 2019, the Wisconsin Supreme Court authorized a pilot project allowing the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals to expand appellate court eFiling and allow almost all documents to be electronically filed in the appellate courts. Learn more about the rules here:

Document requirements

  • All documents must include:
    1. a blank 1/2" top margin to accommodate the court-applied document header which includes the case number, document number, filed date, and pagination.
    2. a blank 2"x2" square in the top-right corner of the first page to accommodate the court file stamp.
  • All documents should be submitted in PDF format.
  • Documents larger than 20 MB must be split into smaller files before uploading them to the eFiling Website. (Note that appendixes should not be split.) Learn how to split PDF documents.
  • The maximum page size is 12"x18".
  • Omit all JavaScript, macros, document security, and digital signatures (active content). Learn how to flatten a document to remove active content.
  • Use standard fonts when creating Microsoft Word documents and omit columns in the text area. Examples of standard fonts include Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Geneva, Tahoma, Times, and Times New Roman.

Document recommendations

  • Scan documents in black and white at 300 dpi for optimal results. Attachments such as maps and photos may be scanned in color if necessary.

Technical requirements

  • eCourts account. Learn how to create an eCourts account.
  • Active email address. Email notifications regarding your cases will be sent to this email address. Make sure your email client and security platform will allow you to receive messages from @wicourts.gov addresses.
  • Internet access. A high speed connection is recommended.
  • Web browser. The most recent version of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari is recommended.
  • Scanner to output scanned documents in PDF format
  • Microsoft Word 2007 or newer
  • PDF conversion software. Microsoft Word has the capacity to save documents in PDF format.
  • Antivirus software