There is constituted the judicial conference of Wisconsin, which consists of the justices of the supreme court, the judges of the court of appeals, the judges of the circuit court, reserve judges, three municipal court judges designated by the Wisconsin municipal judges association, one circuit court commissioner designated by the family court commissioner association, one circuit court commissioner designated by the judicial court commissioner association, and one judicial representative of a non-Public law 280 tribal court and two judicial representatives of Public Law 280 tribal courts designated by the Wisconsin tribal judges association.
The conference shall meet once each year in regular session and may call any special meeting.
The chief justice shall preside at annual and special meetings of the conference, or, in his or her absence, the senior associate justice present shall preside, unless the agenda otherwise provides.
T he judicial conference may divide into functional sections and create subcommittees to study advised topics.
SCR 70.15 History
Sup. Ct. Order No. 00-13
, 2000 WI 103, 237 Wis. 2d xiii; Sup. Ct. Order No. 01-09
, 2001 WI 35, 242 Wis. 2d xvii.
SCR 70.153 Judicial conference, forms. 70.153(1)(1)
The court forms that the judicial conference is required to adopt under s. 758.18
, stats., shall be developed by the records management committee, an advisory committee to the director of state courts office.
Under article VIII of the bylaws of the judicial conference, the judicial members of the records management committee act on behalf of the judicial conference in the adoption of court forms.
Each court form shall include a notice that the form may be supplemented with additional material.
Upon adoption of a court form, the records management committee shall distribute or make a copy of the form available to the clerks of circuit court, the circuit court judges, the state bar of Wisconsin and other appropriate persons.
Within 90 days after the date of distribution of a standard court form adopted under s. 758.18 (1)
, stats., an interested person may file with the records management committee a written objection to the mandatory use of the form, to the content of the form or to both the use and the content.
The records management committee shall respond to the objector under par. (b) in writing within 90 days after receipt of the objection.
Within 30 days after the date on which he or she receives the written response of the records management committee to an objection filed under par. (b), the person filing the objection may file with the clerk of the supreme court a petition for review of the decision of the records management committee. The supreme court may request a response from the records management committee and establish a schedule for submission of the matter to the supreme court for determination.
Any voluntary form adopted under s. 758.18 (2)
, stats., if properly completed, shall be received for filing or other appropriate action by the circuit court. If a clerk of circuit court distributes voluntary forms, the clerk shall use forms adopted under s. 758.18 (2)
, stats., whenever they are available for that purpose.
SCR 70.153 History
Sup. Ct. Order No. 98-01
, 228 Wis. 2d xiii (1999); Sup. Ct. Order No. 05-02
, 2005 WI 41, 278 Wis. 2d xxxv.
SCR 70.155 Translation of court forms. 70.155(1)(1)
The records management committee, working with the director of state courts office, shall identify court forms and instructions suitable for translation into a language other than English. Translated forms adopted by the judicial members of the records management committee, on behalf of the judicial conference, shall be treated as court forms adopted under s. 758.18
, stats., and SCR 70.153.
Translated forms shall use a format that incorporates both English and the second language. Every question or statement requiring a response, such as a check box or signature, will provide only one location in the English portion of the form to make that response. The answers to free-text questions must be written in English.
Each translated form shall carry a notice, in both languages, that the translated form does not replace any of the following:
The responsibility of court and counsel to ensure that persons with limited English proficiency fully comprehend their rights and obligations.
Use of a translated form does not supersede the need for an interpreter for communicating with counsel, or for in-court proceedings pursuant to s. 885.38
, stats. Interpreters may assist individuals in filling out forms to the extent permitted by SCR 63.07.
Any translation of a form shall be accompanied by an affidavit stating that the translator knows English and the second language and that in making the translation the translator carefully translated the form from English into the other language and that the translation is true and correct.
SCR 70.155 History
Sup. Ct. Order No. 05-04
, 2005 WI 44,278 Wis. 2d xxxix; Sup. Ct. Order No. 09-03
, 2010 WI 100, filed 7-27-10, eff. 1-1-11.
SCR 70.16 Definitions.
In SCR 70.16 to 70.34:
"Administrative assistance" means assistance in trial court administration with respect to budgeting, personnel, equipment and facilities management, judicial assignments and liaison with governmental and community groups.
"District court administrator" means a person who is a state employee and qualified to provide administrative and technical assistance as well as to assist the chief judge in carrying out his or her duties and responsibilities.
"Judicial administrative rule" means a supreme court rule of general application relating to the administration and management of the state judicial system or an order of limited effect and of particular application to a court or to the administration of a specific portion of the judicial system.
"Local judicial administrative rule" means a rule of general application not inconsistent with a judicial administrative rule relating to the administration and management of a judicial administrative district, including, but not limited to, a rule regulating record, case flow, jury, facility or equipment management or judicial assignments, budgeting, personnel or statistical systems.
"Technical assistance" means assistance in trial court administration with respect to records management, caseflow management, court reporting management, jury management, statistical analysis, computerization, grant application, and education of support personnel.
SCR 70.16 History
Sup. Ct. Order No. 97-04
, 212 Wis. 2d xiii (1997).
SCR 70.17 Judicial administrative districts.
The state is divided into judicial administrative districts for the purpose of administering the court system. Each district includes all the circuit courts within the district. The judicial administrative districts are as follows:
The 1st district consists of Milwaukee county.
The 2nd district consists of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties.
The 3rd district consists of Jefferson, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.
The 4th district consists of Calumet, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.
The 5th district consists of Dane, Green, Lafayette and Rock counties.
The 6th district consists of Adams, Clark, Columbia, Dodge, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waushara and Wood counties.
The 7th district consists of Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon counties.
The 8th district consists of Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie and Waupaca counties.
The 9th district consists of Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Menominee, Oneida, Price, Shawano, Taylor and Vilas counties.
The 10th district consists of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn counties.
SCR 70.18 Appointment of chief judges of judicial administrative districts; term.
The supreme court shall appoint a chief judge in each judicial administrative district, who shall be a circuit judge within the district, for a term of 2 years, commencing August 1 of the year of appointment. The supreme court shall fill vacancies as they occur. A chief judge is subject to removal by the supreme court and may not serve more than 3 consecutive terms. In exceptional circumstances the supreme court, in its discretion, may extend a chief judge's service beyond the 3 term limit.
SCR 70.19 Duties of the chief judge. 70.19(1)(1)
The chief judge is the administrative chief of the judicial administrative district. The chief judge is responsible for the administration of judicial business in circuit courts within the district, including its personnel and fiscal management. The general responsibility of the chief judge is to supervise and direct the administration of the district, including the judicial business of elected, appointed and assigned circuit judges.
In carrying out administrative duties, the chief judge shall cooperate with the director of state courts.
In the exercise of his or her general responsibility, the chief judge has the following duties:
Assignment of judges within each judicial administrative district. The chief judge shall establish a system for the equitable distribution and allocation of categories of cases and case loads within the district, subject to the approval of the supreme court.
Maintenance of a system for and effective management of case flow through the judicial administrative district.
Where necessary, establishment of days and hours for court operation.
Adoption of local judicial administrative rules under SCR 70.34.
Provision for representation of the circuit court in ceremonial functions and in its relations with other courts, other branches of government and with the news media.
Calling and presiding over meetings of the circuit judges within the district.
Supervision of vacation schedules, including requiring adherence to SCR 70.11 (1) (a).
Coordination of attendance by judges and other court personnel at conferences which require absence from the court during working hours. Judicial education is not vacation. Time spent fulfilling judicial education requirements mandated by the supreme court rules is not to be charged against annual leave.
Supervision of court finances including financial planning, the preparation of budgets and fiscal reporting where necessary and required.
The chief judge shall exercise administrative authority over the administration of judicial business of the municipal courts of the judicial administrative district. The chief judge shall assign municipal judges as specified in SCR 70.24.
The chief judge shall, subject to the approval of the director of state courts, adjust his or her caseload to reflect the amount of time needed for administrative duties.
SCR 70.19 History
Sup. Ct. Order No. 94-12
, 187 Wis. 2d xxv (1994); Sup. Ct. Order No. 10-11
, 2011 WI 23, 332 Wis. 2d xiii.
SCR 70.20 Authority of the chief judge. 70.20(1)(1)
The chief judge shall exercise within the judicial administrative district the full administrative power of the judicial branch of government subject to the administrative control of the supreme court. The chief judge may order that his or her directives, policies and rules be carried out. Failure to comply with an order of the chief judge may be grounds for discipline under sections 757.81
of the statutes.
The administrative authority of the chief judge extends to the municipal courts of the judicial administrative district. If a municipal court is located in more than one judicial administrative district, the chief judge whose district includes the county having the largest portion of the population served by the municipal court shall have administrative authority over that court, consistent with section 755.001 (2)
of the statutes.
SCR 70.20 History
Sup. Ct. Order No. 10-11
, 2011 WI 23, 332 Wis. 2d xiii.
SCR 70.21 Additional authority of the chief judge.
The statutory responsibility and authority of the chief judge includes, but is not limited to, that specified in the following sections of the statutes:
: proration of Shawano county juvenile jurisdiction for Menominee county.
: approval of appointment of clerk of court for juvenile matters.
Section 48.06 (1) (a) 2.
, governing intake and court services for child welfare matters under chapter 48 of the statutes, and section 938.06 (1) (a) 2.
of the statutes, governing intake and court services for juvenile matters under chapter 938 of the statutes: policy formulation and supervision of court services related to juvenile matters in counties with a population of 500,000 or more.
Sections 48.06 (2) (a)
and 938.06 (2) (a)
: approval of circuit judge's policy governing juvenile intake workers in counties with a population of less than 500,000.
Section 48.07 (5)
: recognize and obtain the services of a court-appointed special advocate program for proceedings under section 48.13
of the statutes.
Section 118.162 (1) (e)
: designation of the circuit court or juvenile intake representative, or both, to the county truancy committees.
Section 343.44 (2) (d)
: adoption of sentencing guidelines for convictions resulting from violations for operating while suspended, revoked, ordered out-of-service or disqualified.
Section 346.65 (2m)
: adoption of sentencing guidelines for operating while intoxicated violations.
Section 753.30 (1)
: approval of appointment of clerk of court as register in probate.
Section 753.35 (1)
: approval of local circuit court rules governing practice in that court and filing of local rules of trial court administration.