2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
June 3, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Loudenbeck, Kolste,
Vruwink, cosponsored by Senators Ringhand and Nass. Referred to
Committee on Judiciary.
1An Act to amend
753.26 of the statutes; relating to: records retained by circuit
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, with the exception of certain circuit court branches of the
Rock County circuit court, circuit court records are required to be kept at the
courthouse offices located at the county seat. At one time there were circuit court
branches located in Beloit, which is not the county seat for Rock County. There are
no longer any circuit court branches located in Beloit.
This bill eliminates the exception for Rock County to reflect the fact that all
branches of the Rock County circuit court are now located in Janesville, which is the
county seat for Rock County.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
753.26 of the statutes is amended to read:
4753.26 Office and records to be kept at county seat. Except in branches
5Nos. 4, 5, and 7 of the circuit court for Rock County, every
circuit judge in this 6
state shall maintain in his or her office, at the county seat of the county in which the
judge holds office, all of the books, papers, and records of the court. The office and 2
the books, papers, and records of the circuit judge shall at all reasonable times be 3
open to access and inspection by any person having any business with the books, 4
papers, and records of the court, except as otherwise provided by law. Originals of
5judgments or orders made under circuit court jurisdiction of branches Nos. 4, 5, and
67 of the Rock County circuit court in Beloit, shall be kept at the county seat.