2006 WI 36


Supreme Court of Wisconsin









This order is subject to further editing and modification.  The final version will appear in the bound volume of the official reports.




No.  06-01



In re amendment of SCR 72.01 Regarding Record Retention 




MAY 1, 2006


Cornelia G. Clark

Clerk of Supreme Court

Madison, WI






On January 30, 2006, the Director of State Courts filed a petition seeking to amend Supreme Court Rule 72.01, regarding record retention.  A public hearing on the petition was held on April 25, 2006.  The Honorable James R. Kieffer presented the petition on behalf of the Records Management Committee and offered testimony in support of the petition. 

At the ensuing open administrative conference, the court voted unanimously to adopt the petition.  Accordingly, effective July 1, 2006, SCR 72.01 (8) is amended as follows:

Section 1.     72.01 (8) of the Supreme Court Rules is amended to read:

72.01 (8)     Small claims case files.  All papers deposited with the clerk of courts in every proceeding commenced under chapter 799 of the statutes:  20 years after entry of final order or judgment for all cases, including contested cases, stipulated dismissals and default judgments; 1 yearexcept 2 years from date of filingentry of judgment for dismissed cases dismissed because issue was not joined and the case was not disposed of by judgment or stipulation within 6 months from the original return date.

IT IS ORDERED that this amendment shall apply to dismissed small claims actions in which the judgment of dismissal is entered on or after July 1, 2006.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that notice of this amendment of SCR 72.01 (8) be given by a single publication of a copy of this order in the official state newspaper and in an official publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Dated at Madison, Wisconsin, this 1st day of May, 2006.






Cornelia G. Clark

Clerk of Supreme Court