EVIDENCE — MISCELLANEOUS RULES
Applicability of rules of evidence.
Ch. 911 Note
NOTE: Extensive comments by the Judicial Council Committee and the Federal Advisory Committee are printed with chs. 901 to 911 in 59 W (2d). The court did not adopt the comments but ordered them printed with the rules for information purposes.
Applicability of rules of evidence. 911.01(1)
Courts and court commissioners. Chapters 901
apply to the courts of the state of Wisconsin, including municipal courts, family court commissioners, and court commissioners in the proceedings and to the extent hereinafter set forth except as provided in s. 972.11
. The word "judge" in chs. 901
means judge of a court of record, municipal judge, family court commissioner, and court commissioner.
(2) Proceedings generally. Chapters 901
apply generally to proceedings in civil and criminal actions.
(3) Privileges; oath. Chapter 905
with respect to privileges applies at all stages of all actions, cases and proceedings; s. 906.03
applies at all stages of all actions, cases and proceedings except as provided in ss. 901.04 (1)
and 911.01 (4)
, and ch. 908
(4) Rules of evidence inapplicable. Chapters 901
, other than ch. 905
with respect to privileges or s. 901.05
with respect to admissibility, do not apply in the following situations:
Preliminary questions of fact.
The determination of questions of fact preliminary to admissibility of evidence when the issue is to be determined by the judge under s. 901.04 (1)
Grand jury; John Doe proceedings.
Proceedings before grand juries or a John Doe proceeding.
Proceedings for extradition or rendition; sentencing, or granting or revoking probation, issuance of arrest warrants, criminal summonses and search warrants; proceedings under s. 971.14 (1) (c)
; proceedings with respect to pretrial release under ch. 969
except where habeas corpus is utilized with respect to release on bail or as otherwise provided in ch. 969
Small claims actions.
Proceedings under ch. 799
, except jury trials.
When hearing evidence as to the factors that determine a restitution order under s. 800.093
, the rules of evidence are subject to waiver under s. 800.093 (8) (b)
Sup. Ct. Order, 59 W (2d) R1, R366 (1973); 1977 c. 305
; 1977 c. 345
; 1979 c. 32
s. 92 (16)
; 1981 c. 183
; 1987 a. 208
; 1991 a. 40
Judicial Council Committee's Note, 1981: Sub. (4) (c) has been amended to exempt so-called McCredden hearings under s. 971.14 (1) (c) from the rules of evidence. [Bill 765-A]
Title. Chapters 901
may be known and cited as the Wisconsin Rules of Evidence.
History: Sup. Ct. Order, 59 W (2d) R1, R377 (1973).