Headlines

Headlines from the current year are available below. For headlines released prior to 2016 check the archives (2007- 2018).

For more information contact Tom Sheehan, Court Information Officer, Director of State Courts' Office.

11/15/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts two new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept two 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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
11/07/19 November case of the month
The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court's session, a "teachable" case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. The November case of the month is available here. Read more.
11/06/19 Chief Justice Roggensack delivers State of the Judiciary
Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack delivered the annual State of the Judiciary address Nov. 6 at the opening of the 2019 Wisconsin Judicial Conference at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. The text of the speech, along with remarks by Director of State Courts, Hon. Randy R. Koschnick, is available here. Read more.
11/05/19 State of the Judiciary Address set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack will deliver the annual State of the Judiciary address at the opening of the 2019 meeting of the Wisconsin Judicial Conference at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. Read more.
11/01/19 Supreme Court oral argument - November 2019
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's November 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
10/24/19 October case of the month
The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court's session, a "teachable" case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. The October case of the month is available here. Read more.
10/18/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts seven new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept seven 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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
10/18/19 Supreme Court October 29 public rules hearing agenda
A copy of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Oct. 29, 2019 public rules hearing agenda is available here. Copies of the petition with additional information and comments can be found on the Pending petitions page. Information about the Supreme Court's rule-making process can be found here. Read more.
10/17/19 Supreme Court October 22 public rules hearing agenda
A copy of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Oct. 22, 2019 public rules hearing agenda is available here. Copies of the petition with additional information and comments can be found on the Pending petitions page. Information about the Supreme Court's rule-making process can be found here. Read more.
10/17/19 Supreme Court oral argument - Oct. 21 and Oct. 28
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's Oct. 21 and 28, 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
09/26/19 Supreme Court oral argument - October 2019
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's October 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. Please note synopses for cases to be heard on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 will be provided at a later date. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
09/09/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear cases in Montello
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral argument in three cases in Montello at the Marquette County Courthouse on Oct. 14 as part of its Justice on Wheels outreach and education program. Read more.
09/09/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts three new cases
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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
09/09/19 Supreme Court September public rules hearing agenda
A copy of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Sept. 16, 2019 public rules hearing agenda is available here. Copies of the petitions with additional information and comments can be found on the Pending petitions page. Information about the Supreme Court's rule-making process can be found here. Read more.
09/06/19 September case of the month
The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court's session, a "teachable" case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. The September case of the month is available here. Read more.
08/27/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court oral argument - September 2019
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's September 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
08/26/19 Court interpreter training to be held in Madison Sept. 14-15
The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Madison Saturday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Pyle Center. Read more.
08/23/19 La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Ramona A. Gonzalez elected board president of the NCJFCJ
La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Ramona A. Gonzalez has been elected president of the board of directors of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).

"The NCJFCJ has been fortunate to have Judge Ramona A. Gonzalez as an active and highly-sought after judicial expert in educating her peers on matters that affect our most vulnerable population—the children and families who seek justice," said Joey Orduna Hastings, the organizations chief executive officer. Read more here. (external link).

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08/16/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts three new cases
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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
08/15/19 Investiture ceremony held for Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Hagedorn
Justice Brian K. Hagedorn was formally sworn into office as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court during a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda on Aug. 14. Read more.
08/01/19 The Third Branch, spring/summer 2019
The spring/summer edition of The Third Branch, the quarterly newsletter of the Wisconsin court system, is now available. Read more.
07/22/19 Outagamie County Justice Center court activity canceled for Tuesday, July 23
Outagamie County Circuit Court activity that was scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 at the county Justice Center has been canceled due to an ongoing electrical power outage at the building. Proceedings that were scheduled for Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 at the Justice Center, 320 S. Walnut St., Appleton, will be rescheduled for a future date, and the parties involved will be notified. Emergency intake court proceedings are temporarily being held in the Family Court Commissioner's hearing room located within the county complex. Updates will be provided if the power outage continues beyond Tuesday. It is anticipated updates will be posted on the Outagamie County government's website. Read more.
07/12/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts three new cases
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 here. 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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
07/03/19 Court of Appeals panel to hear oral argument in Stevens Point
The public is invited to observe oral argument before a panel of Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges at the Portage County Courthouse on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. Read more.
06/21/19 Chief Judge Morrison selected to chair Committee of Chief Judges
Chief Judge James A. Morrison, Marinette County Circuit Court, has been selected by his fellow chief judges from across the state to chair the Committee of Chief Judges, effective Aug. 1. Read more.
06/17/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts five new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept five 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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
06/13/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court re-appoints five chief judges
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has re-appointed chief judges to continue in their administrative leadership roles in five of the state’s nine judicial administrative districts, effective Aug. 1. Read more.
05/23/19 Public rules hearing
The Supreme Court June 6, 2019 public rules hearing agenda is now available. More detailed information about pending rules petitions and about the Supreme Court's rule-making process is also available. Read more.
05/17/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts six new cases
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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
05/14/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court oral argument - May
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's May 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
05/09/19 Court interpreter training planned for Wisconsin Rapids
The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 at the Hotel Mead. Read more.
05/01/19 Chief Justice Roggensack re-elected as chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court have elected Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack to a third consecutive two-year term as chief justice, effective May 1. Read more.
04/17/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts ten new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept ten 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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
04/05/19 April case of the month
The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court's session, a "teachable" case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. The April case of the month is available here. Read more.
04/04/19 Supreme Court oral argument - April 2019
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's April 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
04/02/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court agenda for April 8, 2019
A copy of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's April 8 public rules hearing agenda can be found here and copies of the petitions with additional information and comments can be found here. Information about the Supreme Court's rule-making process is also available. Read more.
03/21/19 Access to Commercial Docket Pilot Project expanding April 1
Beginning April 01, 2019, parties filing large claim and commercial cases in counties outside Waukesha and the Eighth Judicial Administrative District may jointly petition the chief judges of the Third and Eighth Districts to have their case transferred into the Commercial Docket Pilot Project. The new process is described in the Guidelines for Transferring a Case to the Commercial Docket. For more information about the process, contact District Eight Court Administrator Tom Schappa at thomas.schappa@wicourts.gov or (920) 448-4280. Read more.
03/20/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts two new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept two new cases, and the Court acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, counties of origin, and issues presented in the granted cases are listed here. 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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
03/06/19 Court interpreter training planned for Milwaukee
The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Milwaukee on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 at UW-Milwaukee. Read more.
03/05/19 March case of the month
The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court's session, a "teachable" case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. The March case of the month is available here. Read more.
03/05/19 Supreme Court oral argument - March 2019
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's March 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
02/19/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts two new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept two new cases, and the Court acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, counties of origin, and issues presented in granted cases are listed. More detailed synopses of the granted cases 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 cases pending in the Supreme Court can be found here. Read more.
02/04/19 February case of the month
The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court's session, a "teachable" case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. The February case of the month is available here. Read more.
01/31/19 Supreme Court oral argument - February 2019
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's February 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
01/28/19 Several county courthouse closures due to extreme weather conditions
Several county courthouses will be closed between Tuesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 31, 2019 due to extreme weather conditions. Please see the Weather Information tab above for additional details. Read more.
01/27/19 Several county courthouses closed Monday, January 28
Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Pepin, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Washington, and Waukesha County Courthouses, including the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center will be closed on Monday, January 28, 2019. The Green Lake County Courthouse is closing at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28 and will be closed for the remainder of the day. These closures include ALL court functions. See the Weather Information tab above for additional details. Read more.
01/17/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts three new cases
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 issues presented in granted cases are listed here. Read more.
01/10/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court agenda - Jan. 17, 2019
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's January 17, 2019 public rules hearing agenda is now available. A hearing notice for Rule Petition 18-04 can be found here. A copy of the petition with additional information and comments can be found here. Information about the Supreme Court's rule-making process is also available. Read more.
01/07/19 Wisconsin Supreme Court oral argument - January 2019
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's January 2019 oral argument calendar and synopses of the cases to be heard can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.