Headlines

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

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

11/15/17 Chief Justice Roggensack delivers State of the Judiciary
Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack gave the annual State of the Judiciary address this morning during the Wisconsin Judicial Conference at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The text of the speech and remarks by Director of State Courts Randy R. Koschnick are available here. Read more.
11/14/17 State of the Judiciary Address set for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack will deliver the annual State of the Judiciary Address during the 2017 meeting of the Wisconsin Judicial Conference at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Nov. 15. Read more.
11/10/17 Students experience Supreme Court through Court with Class
Students and teachers from Central Wisconsin Christian School in Waupun will attend Supreme Court oral arguments on Nov. 14, 2017 as part of the award-winning Court with Class educational program. Read more.
11/03/17 Wisconsin circuit court eFiling project ahead of schedule
The Wisconsin court system has completed the first phase of a statewide mandatory electronic filing (eFiling) project more than two months ahead of schedule, bringing all the convenience and benefits of eFiling to litigants, lawyers, court staff, and judges sooner than expected. Read more.
11/03/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts 11 new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept 11 new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed below. 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. Read more.
10/27/17 Public rules hearing
The Supreme Court November 6, 2017 public rules hearing agenda is now available. More detailed information about pending rules petitions and about the rule-making process is also available. Read more.
10/27/17 Oral argument schedule
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments during November on cases that originated in seven counties. The calendar and synopses of cases to be heard can be found here (Revised Nov. 3, 2017). Read more.
10/20/17 Public rules hearing
The Supreme Court October 30, 2017 public rules hearing agenda is now available. More detailed information about pending rules petitions and about the rule-making process is also available. Read more.
10/16/17 Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts seeks innovative solutions to complex problems facing today's children and families
More than 350 court, child welfare, school, tribal representatives, and legal professionals from across Wisconsin will join forces Oct. 18-20 in Elkhart Lake to find better ways to serve youth and their families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Read more.
09/29/17 Chippewa County Drug Treatment Court celebrates 10th anniversary
The Chippewa County Drug Court program marked its 10th anniversary by holding proceedings and other activities at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls on Sept. 28. Read more.
09/26/17 Supreme Court to hear 10 cases from nine counties during October
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments during October on cases that originated in nine counties. The calendar and synopses of cases to be heard can be found here. Read more.
09/12/17 Seating still available for Supreme Court oral argument in Jefferson
Some seating is still available for teachers, students and the public to observe oral argument before the Wisconsin Supreme Court at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Sept. 20. Read more.
09/01/17 Wisconsin jurors help ensure justice for all
September is Juror Appreciation Month in Wisconsin, and Barron County Circuit Court Judge James C. Babler took advantage of the occasion to write a column about the importance of jurors in our justice system. Read more.
08/31/17 Supreme Court to hear 11 cases from seven counties during September
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments during September on cases that originated in seven counties. The calendar and synopses of cases to be heard can be found here. Cases scheduled for Sept. 20 will be heard at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Read more.
08/29/17 Court interpreter training planned for Madison
The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Madison on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24 at the UW-Extension’s Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus. Read more.
08/23/17 Supreme Court brings Justice on Wheels to Jefferson County
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral argument in three cases at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Sept. 20 as part of its Justice on Wheels outreach program. Read more.
08/17/17 Supreme Court invites teachers, students to experience Court with Class
The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in cooperation with the State Bar of Wisconsin, invites high-school classes from throughout Wisconsin to Madison to participate in the award-winning Court with Class program. Read more.
07/26/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts 10 new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept 10 new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed below. Hyperlinks to Court of Appeals' decisions are provided where available. 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. Read more.
07/11/17 Wood County Circuit Court judge selected to head Committee of Chief Judges
Chief Judge Gregory J. Potter, Wood 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.
06/26/17 Commercial docket pilot starts July 1 in Waukesha County, Eighth District
On July 1, the Wisconsin court system will launch a three-year pilot project for the handling of large-claim business and commercial cases filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court and in the circuit courts of the Eighth Judicial Administrative District in northeastern Wisconsin. Read more.
06/02/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts six new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept six new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed below. Hyperlinks to Court of Appeals' decisions are provided where available. 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. Read more.
06/01/17 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 24 and Sunday, June 25 at the Hotel Mead Conference Center. Read more.
05/19/17 Supreme Court appoints new chief judges from Waukesha, Winnebago counties
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed circuit court judges from Waukesha and Winnebago counties as the new chief judges of their respective judicial administrative districts, effective Aug. 1. Read more.
05/16/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts 11 new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept 11 new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed. Hyperlinks to Court of Appeals' decisions are provided where available. 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. Read more.
04/25/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court seeks volunteers to serve on committees and boards
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is seeking interested volunteers to serve on boards and committees that assist the court system in a variety of areas. Read more.
04/14/17 Students experience Supreme Court through Court with Class
Students and teachers from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Horning Middle School in Waukesha, and Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua will attend Supreme Court oral argument on April 19 as part of the award-winning Court with Class educational program. Read more.
04/13/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court selects Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack to continue as Chief
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices have elected Patience Drake Roggensack to serve a second two-year term as Chief Justice. Read more.
04/10/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts four new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept four new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed below. Hyperlinks to Court of Appeals' decisions are provided where available. 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. Read more.
04/06/17 Students experience Supreme Court through Court with Class
Students and teachers from Loyal, Walworth, and Lake Mills will attend Supreme Court oral argument on April 12 as part of the award-winning Court with Class educational program. Read more.
03/29/17 Skype connects hospitalized dad with courtroom
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website today featured a column and photos highlighting the use of Skype to connect a hospitalized father to an adoption proceeding in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Laura Gramling Perez’ courtroom. “Although he wasn't physically present, Dave Duda's voice could be heard by everyone gathered in the courtroom for his son Caleb's adoption on Tuesday…” Jim Stingl’s column begins. Read more.
03/28/17 Chief Justice Roggensack addresses Joint Committee on Finance
Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack appeared before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance today to address court funding as proposed in the 2017-19 state budget bill. A copy of the chief justice’s remarks can be found here. Read more.
03/20/17 Judge Jason A. Rossell appointed chief judge of Second Judicial Administrative District
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Jason A. Rossell as chief judge of the Second Judicial Administrative District, effective May 8. Read more.
03/15/17 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 25 and Sunday, March 26 at the Student Union on the UW-Milwaukee campus. Read more.
03/10/17 Chief Justice Roggensack delivers Hallows Lecture at Marquette
On March 7, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack presented the 2017 E. Harold Hallows Lecture in Eckstein Hall at the Marquette University Law School. The lecture, “Tough Talk and the Institutional Legitimacy of Our Courts,” is featured on the law school’s website. Read more.
03/09/17 Students experience Supreme Court through Court with Class
Students and teachers from South Milwaukee High School will attend Supreme Court oral argument on March 15 as part of the award-winning Court with Class educational program. Read more.
03/06/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts 12 new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept 12 new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed below. Hyperlinks to Court of Appeals’ decisions are provided where available. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues presented. 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. Read more.
03/03/17 Milwaukee County Family Drug Treatment Court draws national support
A growing and successful Milwaukee County court program is being recognized nationally as a model for its family-centered, team approach to the handling of child abuse or neglect cases in which parental substance abuse is a contributing factor. Read more.
01/23/17 Wisconsin court system releases new juror orientation video
The Wisconsin court system has produced a new video to help prospective jurors better understand the crucial role jurors play in our system of justice and what to expect if they are selected to serve on a jury. Each year, about 65,000 people are summoned to courthouses in counties statewide to be available for jury service. Read more.
01/17/17 Students experience Supreme Court through Court with Class
Students and teachers from Butler Middle School in Waukesha will attend Supreme Court oral argument on Jan. 19 as part of the award-winning Court with Class educational program. Read more.
01/11/17 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts 13 new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept 13 new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed below. Hyperlinks to Court of Appeals’ decisions are provided where available. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues presented. 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. Read more.