JUDICIAL BRANCH AGENCIES AND COMMITTEES
State law library.
Judicial conference: uniform citation.
Director of state courts.
State law library. 758.01(1)(1)
The supreme court shall maintain a state law library for the use of officers and employes of this state, attorneys and the public. The supreme court may promulgate and enforce rules governing the use of the library and appoint and fix the compensation of a librarian and such staff as is necessary to operate the library.
The supreme court may establish and charge fees for photocopying, microfilm copying, books, generation of copies of documents from optical disk or electronic storage, computer services and other services provided by the state law library. The fees are subject to the cost limitations under ss. 19.35 (3)
Effective date note
History: 1971 c. 152
; 1971 c. 254
; Stats. 1971 s. 257.01; 1977 c. 29
; 1977 c. 187
; Stats. 1977 s. 758.01; Sup. Ct. Order, eff. 1-1-80; 1983 a. 27
; 1991 a. 39
; 1995 a. 27
The state law librarian may effect exchanges of official documents listed in s. 35.84
with law libraries of other states and foreign governments.
History: 1985 a. 29
Judicial council. 758.13(1)(1)
Membership; appointment; terms.
There is created a judicial council of 21 members as follows: a supreme court justice designated by the supreme court; a court of appeals judge designated by the court of appeals; the director of state courts or his or her designee; 4 circuit judges designated by the judicial conference; the chairpersons of the senate and the assembly committees dealing with judicial affairs or a member of each such committee designated by the respective chairperson; the attorney general or his or her designee; the revisor of statutes or an assistant designated by the revisor; the deans of the law schools of the university of Wisconsin and Marquette university or a member of the respective law school faculties designated by the deans; the state public defender or his or her designee; the president-elect of the state bar of Wisconsin or a member of the board of governors of the state bar designated by the president-elect and 3 additional members thereof selected by the state bar to serve 3-year terms; one district attorney appointed by the governor; and 2 citizens at large appointed by the governor to serve 3-year terms. The names of the members shall be certified to the secretary of state by the executive secretary of the judicial commission. Members shall hold office until their successors have been selected. Members shall receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed from the appropriation made by s. 20.665 (1)
for expenses necessarily incurred by them in attending council meetings.
(2) Powers and duties.
The council shall:
Observe and study the rules of pleading, practice and procedure, and advise the supreme court as to changes which will, in the council's judgment, simplify procedure and promote a speedy determination of litigation upon its merits.
Survey and study the organization, jurisdiction and methods of administration and operation of all the courts of this state.
Receive, consider and in its discretion investigate suggestions from any source pertaining to the administration of justice and to make recommendations.
Keep advised concerning the decisions of the courts relating to the procedure and practice therein and concerning pending legislation affecting the organization, jurisdiction, operation, procedure and practice of the courts.
Recommend to the legislature any changes in the organization, jurisdiction, operation and methods of conducting the business of the courts, including statutes governing pleading, practice, procedure and related matters, which can be put into effect only by legislative action.
Recommend to the supreme court, legislature and governor any changes in the organization, operation and methods of conducting the business of the courts that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the court system and result in cost savings.
The council shall elect a chairperson and vice chairperson.
The council may promulgate and modify rules for the conduct of its proceedings in the exercise of its powers. The council may meet at such time and place as it determines but at least once every 3 months. It shall meet upon call of the chairperson or a call signed by 5 members of the council. Nine members shall constitute a quorum.
The council may appoint regular and special committees of its members to investigate and report upon any matters relating to its duties. The council or any committee thereof when so authorized by the council is empowered to hold public hearings at such times and places within the state as may be determined. Any member of the council or any committee thereof shall have the power to administer oaths to persons testifying before the council or committee. By subpoena issued over the signature of its chairperson or acting chairperson and served in the manner in which circuit court subpoenas are served, the council or any committee when authorized by the council, may summon and compel the attendance of witnesses. If any witnesses subpoenaed to appear before the council or committee thereof refuse to appear or answer inquiries propounded, the council or committee shall report the facts to the circuit court of Dane county and the court shall compel obedience to the subpoena.
The council may call upon any department of the state or any county or municipality thereof or any court for such facilities and data as may be available, and such departments, counties, municipalities and courts shall cooperate with the council to the fullest extent.
The council may make such reports as it deems proper or as are requested by the legislature or the supreme court. The council may publish such reports as it considers necessary.
History: 1971 c. 254
; Stats. 1971 s. 257.13; 1975 c. 39
; 1977 c. 187
; 1977 c. 325
; Stats. 1977 s. 758.13; Sup. Ct. Order, 88 W (2d) xiii (1979); 1983 a. 377
; 1989 a. 31
; 1995 a. 27
Judicial conference: uniform citation.
The judicial conference shall adopt a uniform citation form for use as authorized under s. 968.085
. A duly authenticated copy of this form shall be furnished to the secretary of state and kept on file in his or her office. The secretary of state shall transmit a copy of this form to the clerks of circuit court.
History: 1983 a. 433
Director of state courts. 758.19(1)
The director of state courts shall be included within the Wisconsin retirement system and ch. 40
applies to the director as it applies to justices of the supreme court.
The director may establish and charge fees for the provision of services or sale of documents concerning any of the following:
Computer generated special reports of court information data.
The director shall establish and charge fees for data processing services provided for the board of bar examiners, the board of attorneys professional responsibility and the mediation system under ch. 655
The director of state courts may develop, promote, coordinate and implement circuit court automated information systems that are compatible among counties using the moneys appropriated under s. 20.680 (2) (j)
. If the director of state courts provides funding to counties as part of the development and implementation of this system, the director of state courts may provide funding to counties with 1 or 2 circuit court judges for a minicomputer system only up to the level of funding that would have been provided had the county implemented a microcomputer system. In those counties with 1 or 2 circuit court judges, any costs incurred to implement a minicomputer system not funded under this subsection shall be paid by the county. Those counties may use that minicomputer system for county management information needs in addition to the circuit court automated information system use.
The director of state courts shall purchase equipment needed by court reporters employed by the state on July 1, 1999, who have not purchased the necessary equipment by July 1, 1999. The director of state courts is not required to purchase necessary equipment for any court reporter who has not purchased his or her equipment by July 1, 1999, if that court reporter, on July 1, 1999, is within 2 years of retirement, as determined by the director of state courts. If a court reporter begins employment as a court reporter with the state after July 1, 1999, he or she shall have the option of purchasing the necessary court reporter equipment before commencing employment or having the state purchase the necessary equipment. The department of administration shall promulgate a rule specifying the types and amount of equipment that a court reporter needs to purchase to be exempt from the state purchasing court reporter equipment on his or her behalf under this subsection. Any equipment that the director of state courts purchases for state employes, including equipment purchased for state-employed court reporters, is the property of the state.
In this subsection, "court costs" means one or more of the following costs:
Fees for expert witnesses called by the guardian ad litem under s. 767.045 (6)
if either or both parties are unable to pay those fees.
Witness fees set under s. 814.67 (1) (b) 1.
for witnesses called by the court on its own motion or called by, or subpoenaed at the request of, a district attorney, the state public defender or a private attorney appointed under s. 977.08
. Nothing in this subdivision affects the determination of who is obligated to pay for fees set under s. 814.67 (1) (b) 1.
for witnesses called by, or subpoenaed at the request of the state public defender or a private attorney appointed under s. 977.08
Fees for expert witnesses appointed under s. 907.06
by the court on its own motion or by the court at the request of the district attorney, the state public defender or a private attorney appointed under s. 977.08
or by the court upon agreement of the district attorney, the state public defender or a private attorney appointed under s. 977.08
. Nothing in this subdivision affects the determination of who is obligated to pay fees for an expert witness appointed under s. 907.06
Fees for witnesses or expert witnesses subpoenaed by the court at the request of the district attorney, coroner or medical examiner under s. 979.06 (1)
Salary and fringe benefits for judicial assistants for circuit court judges.
Any other court costs, except costs related to courtroom security, including security personnel, and costs related to rent, utilities, maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of court facilities.
From the appropriation under s. 20.625 (1) (d)
, the director of state courts shall make payments to counties totaling $3,443,950 on July 29, 1995, totaling $8,294,050 on January 1, 1996, and totaling $8,244,800 on every July 1 and January 1 thereafter, which the director of state courts shall distribute as follows:
For each circuit court branch in the county, $32,900.
In addition to the payment under subd. 1.
, for each county with one or less circuit court branches, $5,000 in the 1995-96 fiscal year and $10,000 in each fiscal year thereafter.
In addition to the payment under subd. 1.
, for each county with more than one circuit court branch, a payment equal to the county's proportion of the state population times the amount remaining after the payments are made under subds. 1.
For those counties that share the services of one or more circuit court branches, the director of state courts shall annually determine the proportional share of that circuit court branch for each county based on the circuit court branch case load in each county.
Except as provided in par. (e)
, no action is required of and no condition may be imposed on a county to receive a payment under par. (b)
, including applying for, submitting information in connection with, entering into a memorandum of understanding concerning or making any other agreement regarding the payment. Except as provided in pars. (f)
, the director of state courts may not withhold payment under par. (b)
to a county.
No later than July 1, 1994, and no later than July 1 of each year thereafter, each county shall submit to the director of state courts, in a format that is established by the director of state courts, information regarding the amount of actual court costs that the county incurred in the previous calendar year for each of the court costs listed in par. (a) 1.
A county that fails to meet the requirements under par. (e)
is not eligible for a payment under par. (b)
for one year after the July 1 that the information was not provided, or until the information is provided, whichever is earlier. Except as provided in this paragraph and par. (g)
, the information regarding the amount of actual costs reported under par. (e)
does not affect the amount paid to a county under par. (b)
Beginning with the submittal of information under par. (e)
on July 1, 1995, if the director of state courts determines, based on the information submitted under par. (e)
, that the payment made to a county under par. (b)
for any calendar year exceeds the court costs incurred by the county for that calendar year, the director of state courts shall deduct the difference from the next payment under par. (b)
made to that county after the director's determination. The difference shall be apportioned as provided in par. (c)
among the other counties for payment under par. (b)
to the other counties on that payment date. For purposes of this paragraph, the director of state courts shall treat the period beginning on August 13, 1993, and ending on December 31, 1994, as a calendar year and determine from the information submitted under par. (e)
on July 1, 1994, and July 1, 1995, whether the payment to a county under par. (b)
on January 1, 1994, exceeds the court costs incurred by the county for the period beginning on August 13, 1993, and ending on December 31, 1994.
The director of state courts shall establish a description of the qualifications and duties of an individual who is a judicial assistant for purposes of this subsection. Nothing in this subsection requires a county to employ, to incur costs for salary and fringe benefits for, or to expend payments received under par. (b)
for salary and fringe benefits for, judicial assistants for circuit court judges.
The director of state courts shall compile the information reported under par. (e)
and, by October 1 annually, submit that information to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
and to the governor.
In this subsection, "guardian ad litem costs" means the costs of guardian ad litem compensation that a county incurs under ch. 48
, that the county has final legal responsibility to pay or that the county is unable to recover from another person and that does not exceed the per hour rate established for time spent in court by private attorneys under s. 977.08 (4m) (b)
From the appropriation under s. 20.625 (1) (e)
, the director of state courts, beginning on July 1, 1995, shall annually on July 1 pay to each county the county's share, as determined under par. (c)
, of the total appropriation under s. 20.625 (1) (e)
. The payment is designed to defray a county's guardian ad litem costs but, except as provided in par. (d)
, the director of state courts may not require a county to account for the county's guardian ad litem costs or the manner in which or the purposes for which the county expends the payment.