2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 20, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Kessler, Wachs, Sinicki,
Berceau and Subeck, cosponsored by Senator L. Taylor. Referred to
Committee on Judiciary.
1An Act to create
755.175 of the statutes; relating to: requiring a municipal
2judge to be a licensed Wisconsin attorney.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a person may be elected or appointed as a municipal judge
if the person is a qualified elector of the municipality in which election or
appointment is sought. A qualified elector is a U.S. citizen age 18 or older who has
resided in an election district or ward for a certain number of consecutive days before
any election where the citizen offers to vote. Beginning on January 1, 2018, this bill
requires a person seeking to be elected or appointed as a municipal judge to be an
attorney licensed to practice in this state and a member in good standing of the State
Bar of Wisconsin.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
755.175 of the statutes is created to read:
4755.175 Municipal judge must be an attorney.
Beginning on January 1, 5
2018, no person may qualify for election or appointment as a judge unless the person
is an attorney licensed to practice in this state and a member in good standing of the 2
State Bar of Wisconsin.