In counties with multibranch circuit courts, the clerk of circuit court may appoint one or more deputies for each branch. A deputy appointed to serve a particular branch may serve any other branch of the circuit court.
In counties having a population of 500,000 or more the clerk of the circuit court shall:
Appoint, under ss. 63.01
, an assistant chief deputy clerk for the exclusive handling of the clerk's work in all criminal and ordinance matters in circuit courts, but the clerk of the circuit court or such chief deputy clerk shall sign all extradition requisition papers as required by law.
The assistant chief deputy clerk or one of his or her deputies shall be present at each session of the circuit court assigned criminal and traffic cases and shall perform all ministerial acts required by and under the direction of the judges, and when the court is not in session, may take bail for the appearance of any person under arrest before the courts for a misdemeanor or a traffic violation, subject to revision by the courts; the clerk or one of his or her deputies, shall issue all processes under the clerk's hand and the seal of the court and attest it in the name of the judge, signing it by the title of office, and shall tax costs; the clerk or one of his or her deputies, may issue warrants upon complaint filed in writing and upon oath in all cases. The complaints, warrants, recognizance, commitments, attachments, venires, subpoenas and all other writs and papers in the courts shall be in substance in the form provided by rules duly adopted and published by the judicial conference.
In prosecutions of ordinance violations in the court, the clerk, or one of the clerk's deputies, shall enter upon the records of the court a statement of the offense charged, which shall stand as the complaint, unless the court directs formal complaint to be made; then the defendant's plea shall be guilty or not guilty, and shall be entered as not guilty on failure to plead, which plea of not guilty shall put all matters in the case at issue, any other provision of law notwithstanding.
The clerk and deputies and the police officers attending the circuit court branches assigned criminal and traffic cases and serving its process shall receive no fee.
Appoint, under ss. 63.01
, an assistant chief deputy clerk of circuit court for the exclusive handling of the clerk's work in all civil matters in circuit court excluding probate and juvenile matters.
Appoint, under ss. 63.01
, an assistant chief deputy clerk for the exclusive handling of the clerk's work in the branches of court assigned juvenile matters.
The clerk of the circuit court is the department head of the clerk of courts department of the circuit for the county, except branches assigned probate jurisdiction, as to all personnel, procurement, budget and related matters.
The clerk of circuit court shall provide the medical examining board with a certified copy of an order of a circuit court in which a physician licensed under subch. II of ch. 448
is found negligent in treating a patient. The clerk of circuit court shall provide a certified copy of an order under this subsection no later than 7 business days after the entry of such a court order.
Non-judicial officer performing ministerial function at behest of judge acting in judicial capacity is entitled to absolute immunity from civil liability. Ford v. Kenosha County, 160 Wis. 2d 485
, 466 N.W.2d 646
Clerks, etc., not to be appraisers.
No clerk or other person employed in the office of any circuit judge may be appointed commissioner or appraiser in any matter that is within the jurisdiction of the judge or of the circuit court.
History: 1977 c. 449
Circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties. 753.34(1)(1)
Menominee County shall not be organized separately for circuit court purposes, but is a part of a joint circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties, which constitutes a single judicial district. No circuit judge for Menominee County may be elected separately, but the duly elected judges of the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties shall serve as judges of the circuit. The books, papers and records of the office of the judges shall be kept at the county seat of the county in which each has his or her principal office or, at the discretion of the judges, at either or both county seats.
Each circuit judge for the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties may appoint a register in probate or may jointly appoint one register in probate to serve the court. If one register in probate serves the court, the office of the register in probate shall be in the city of Shawano.
The qualified electors of Menominee County shall be eligible to vote at every election for circuit judge.
The county boards of Menominee County and Shawano County shall enter into an agreement prorating the joint expenditures involved in conducting the circuit court, and for such purposes the county board of Menominee County may appropriate, levy and collect a sum each year sufficient to pay its share of the expenses; but no portion of the initial cost, or amortization of debt on the Shawano County courthouse or repair, maintenance or improvement of the same or items which are taxable costs between the parties shall be included as a joint expenditure for proration purposes. If the 2 county boards are unable to agree on prorating the joint expenditures involved, then the circuit court judges for the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties shall, under appropriate notice and hearing, determine the prorating of the expenditures, on the basis of the volume and character of work and responsibilities, to each county, under such procedure as they prescribe. If the circuit judges are unable to agree, the chief judge of the judicial administrative district shall make the determination.
The court may order proceedings held at the county seat in Menominee County or at the county seat in Shawano County or other appropriate place. The proper place of trial of civil and criminal actions commenced in the court shall be the place in either county where the judge orders proceedings held.
A single perspective juror list shall be prepared for the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties.
All fines and all costs and fees collected in circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties in causes of action arising out of Menominee County shall be accounted for and paid over under s. 59.40 (2) (m)
to the county treasurer of Menominee County and in causes of action arising out of Shawano County shall be accounted for and paid over under s. 59.40 (2) (m)
to the county treasurer of Shawano County.
All process and pleadings and documents of the court shall be entitled, "Circuit Court for Menominee and Shawano Counties".
History: 1977 c. 449
; 1981 c. 317
; 1995 a. 201
; Sup. Ct. Order No. 96-08
, 207 Wis. 2d xv (1997).
Rules of practice and trial court administration. 753.35(1)(1)
A circuit court may, subject to the approval of the chief judge of the judicial administrative district, adopt and amend rules governing practice in that court that are consistent with rules adopted under s. 751.12
and statutes relating to pleading, practice and procedure. The court shall file each adopted or amended rule with the clerk of circuit court. Except for a rule adopted or amended as an emergency rule, the court shall file an adopted or amended rule prior to the rule's effective date. The clerk of circuit court shall send a copy of the filed adopted or amended rule to the secretary of the local bar association in that circuit, the court administrator for that judicial administrative district, the state bar of Wisconsin, the state law library and the office of the director of state courts. A person may submit to the court written comments on a rule for the court's consideration in determining whether revision of the rule is needed. The clerk of circuit court shall print and make available to the public, at cost, all rules adopted or amended under this section.
The chief judge of the judicial administrative district shall file a local rule of trial court administration adopted or amended under SCR 70.34
with the court administrator for the judicial administrative district. The chief judge of the judicial administrative district shall file the local rule prior to the rule's effective date. The court administrator for the judicial administrative district shall send a copy of the filed adopted or amended rule to the clerks of circuit court in the judicial administrative district, the secretaries of the local bar associations in the district, the state bar of Wisconsin, the state law library and the office of the director of state courts. A person may submit to the chief judge of the judicial administrative district written comments on a rule for the chief judge's consideration in determining whether revision of the rule is needed. The clerks of circuit court in the judicial administrative district shall print and make available to the public, at cost, all rules adopted under SCR 70.34
The state bar of Wisconsin, the state law library and the clerks of court to whom copies of rules are sent under this section shall serve as repositories of the rules sent to them under subs. (1)
Sup. Ct. Order No. 93-14
, 185 Wis. 2d xv (1994); Sup. Ct. Order No. 94-09
, 187 Wis. 2d xix (1994); 1995 a. 225
; 1997 a. 35
Contributions to certain organizations and agencies. 753.40(1)(1)
If a circuit court finds in a forfeiture action that a person violated an ordinance that prohibits conduct that is the same as or similar to conduct prohibited by state statute punishable by fine or imprisonment, the circuit court may require the person to make a contribution not to exceed the maximum amount of the forfeiture that may be levied to an organization or agency specified in s. 973.06 (1) (f) 1.
if the court determines that the violator has the financial ability to make the contribution.
If the court does require a person to make a contribution to an organization or agency specified in s. 973.06 (1) (f) 1.
but does not require the person to pay a forfeiture or court costs, the court shall state on the record the reasons why it is not requiring the person to pay the forfeiture or court costs. All contributions made under this section shall be made to the clerk of circuit court for distribution to the organization or agency specified in s. 973.06 (1) (f) 1.
The circuit court may not require a person to make a contribution under this section to an organization or agency specified in s. 973.06 (1) (f) 1.
that has not complied with the provisions of s. 757.17
History: 1995 a. 28
; 1999 a. 58