2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
February 5, 2004 - Introduced by Representatives Owens, Ainsworth, Albers,
Bies, Gunderson, Hines, Hundertmark, Kestell, F. Lasee, Musser
Petrowski, cosponsored by Senator Roessler. Referred to Committee on
Family Law.
AB809,1,2 1An Act to create 767.05 (8) of the statutes; relating to: substitution of judges
2of divorce actions.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law generally allows a party to a civil action to file one request for
substitution of a new judge for the judge assigned to the case. This bill permits a
party that has been granted a divorce to file, in a subsequent proceeding related to
the divorce, one request for substitution of a new judge for the judge that granted the
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB809, s. 1 3Section 1. 767.05 (8) of the statutes is created to read:
AB809,1,84 767.05 (8) Substitution of judge in subsequent proceeding. (a)
5Notwithstanding s. 801.58 (1) and (3), in any action affecting the family under s.
6767.02 (1) (i) or (k), a party may request a substitution of judge. The party that files
7the petition, motion, or order to show cause commencing the action shall file request
8for substitution along with the petition, motion, or order to show cause.
1(b) If the respondent wishes to file a request for substitution of a judge under
2this subsection, the respondent shall do so within 30 days after service of the petition,
3motion or order to show cause.
AB809,2,54 (c) No party may file more than one request for substitution in any one action
5affecting the family under s. 767.02 (1) (i) or (k).
AB809, s. 2 6Section 2. Initial applicability.
AB809,2,97 (1) This act first applies to actions or proceedings, including actions or
8proceedings to enforce or modify a judgment or order previously granted, that are
9commenced on the effective date of this subsection.
AB809,2,1010 (End)