801.18(4)(e) (e) A document is considered filed on a particular day if the submission is completed by 11:59 p.m. central time, as recorded by the electronic filing system, so long as it is subsequently accepted by the clerk of court upon review. Documents filed after 11:59 p.m. are considered filed the next day the clerk's office is open. The expanded availability of time to file shall not affect the calculation of time under other statutes, rules, and court orders.
801.18(5) (5)Commencement of action.
801.18(5)(a)(a) A user seeking to initiate an action shall first register with the electronic filing system as provided in sub. (3). The user shall then file an initiating document in the county where the action is to be commenced and provide the additional information requested by the electronic filing system to open a case.
801.18(5)(b) (b) If a filing fee is required, the clerk of court may reject the document unless it has been submitted as provided in sub. (7) (b). At the written or oral request of the filer, the clerk of court may reject the document for filings made in error, if the request is made before the clerk of court has accepted the document.
801.18(5)(c) (c) If the clerk of court accepts an initiating document for filing, the clerk of court shall assign a case number and authenticate the document as provided in sub. (10). The case shall then be available through the electronic filing system. If the clerk of court rejects an initiating document, the filer shall be notified of the rejection.
801.18(5)(d) (d) Initiating documents shall be served by traditional methods unless the responding party has consented in writing to accept electronic service or service by some other method. Initiating documents shall be served together with a notice to the responding party stating that the case has been electronically filed and with instructions for how to use the electronic filing system.
801.18(5)(e) (e) A mandatory user who represents a responding party shall register to use the electronic filing system as provided by this section. After registering to use the electronic filing system, the user shall also register as a user on the particular case. The electronic filing system will note the new user on the case.
801.18(6) (6)Filing and service of subsequent documents.
801.18(6)(a)(a) The electronic filing system shall generate a notice of activity to the other users in the case when documents other than initiating documents are filed. Users shall access filed documents through the electronic filing system. For documents that do not require personal service, the notice of activity is valid and effective service on the other users and shall have the same effect as traditional service of a paper document, except as provided in par. (b).
801.18(6)(b) (b) If a document other than an initiating document requires personal service, it shall be served by traditional methods unless the responding party has consented in writing to accept electronic service or service by some other method.
801.18(6)(c) (c) Paper parties shall be served by traditional methods. The electronic case record shall indicate which parties are to be served electronically and which are to be served by traditional methods .
801.18(6)(d) (d) Paper parties shall file documents with the court by traditional methods. The clerk of court shall image the documents and enter the imaged documents into the electronic filing system promptly. The notice of activity generated by the entry shall constitute service on the users in the case. Paper parties must serve other paper parties by traditional methods.
801.18(6)(e) (e) If a notice sent to a user is returned undeliverable, the electronic filing system shall automatically notify the user who filed the document. The filing user shall then serve the document on that party by traditional methods. That party shall be treated as a paper party until the party corrects the problem and reregisters with the electronic filing system.
801.18(6)(f) (f) For cases that were originally filed by traditional methods:
801.18(6)(f)1. 1. Subject to the schedule set by the director in sub. (2) (b), all mandatory users shall register as electronic users on each case for which they continue to appear. Mandatory users who do not register for a case will not receive notices of activity or service of documents.
801.18(6)(f)2. 2. For all cases that are in open status at the time electronic filing is mandated, the clerk of court shall send a notice by traditional methods to each unregistered party stating that the case has been converted to electronic filing. Mandatory users shall promptly register for these cases unless the user informs the court that the user is no longer appearing on behalf of the party.
801.18(6)(f)3. 3. For all cases that are in closed status prior to the time electronic filing is mandated, no action is required until there is a subsequent filing or the court initiates further activity on the case, subject to all of the following:
801.18(6)(f)3.a. a. A mandatory user who initiates electronic activity on a closed case shall register as a user on the case and shall serve any paper parties by traditional methods. Any mandatory user so served shall promptly register as a user in the case or shall notify the court that the user is no longer appearing on behalf of the party.
801.18(6)(f)3.b. b. A voluntary user who chooses to initiate electronic activity on a closed case shall register as a user on the case and shall serve any paper parties by traditional methods. Any mandatory user so served shall promptly register as a user in the case or shall notify the court that the user is no longer appearing on behalf of the party.
801.18(6)(f)3.c. c. Service on a party who might be a voluntary user shall include a notice stating that the case has been converted to electronic filing and giving instructions for how to use the electronic filing system if the party chooses to do so.
801.18(7) (7)Payment of fees.
801.18(7)(a)(a) Users shall make payments due to the clerk of court through the electronic filing system unless otherwise ordered by the court or unless arrangements are made with the clerk of court. The electronic filing system shall deposit the fees due to the clerk of court in the clerk's account.
801.18(7)(b) (b) A document that requires payment of a fee is not considered filed until the fee is paid, a waiver of the fee is granted, or other arrangements for payment are made. The user may submit a petition or motion for waiver of costs and fees, including the electronic filing fee, under s. 814.29 (1), using a form provided by the court for that purpose. If a document is submitted with a petition or motion for waiver, it shall be considered filed with the court on the date and time of the original submission if the waiver is subsequently granted by the court or other arrangements for payment are made.
801.18(7)(c) (c) Users shall be charged a fee for use of the electronic filing system, as provided under s. 758.19 (4m) and established by the director of state courts. The fee is a recoverable cost under ss. 799.25 (13) and 814.04 (2). The electronic filing fee shall not be charged to Wisconsin state and local government units.
801.18(8) (8)Format and content of filings.
801.18(8)(a)(a) The director shall make information about the technical requirements of the electronic filing system readily available to the public. Users are responsible for keeping up with these requirements and providing the necessary equipment, software, communication technology, and staff training.
801.18(8)(b) (b) Users shall provide any case management information needed to transmit and file documents. The electronic filing system shall reject a document for failure to include information in any one of the mandatory fields identified by the system.
801.18(8)(c) (c) Users shall format the appearance of all electronically filed documents in accordance with statutes and local rules governing formatting of paper documents, including page limits.
801.18(8)(d) (d) The electronic filing system may set limits on the length or number of documents. Documents rejected by the system for this reason shall be filed and served by traditional methods. Leave of court may be granted for traditional filing and service in appropriate cases.
801.18(9) (9)Official record.
801.18(9)(a)(a) Electronically filed documents have the same force and effect as documents filed by traditional methods. The electronic version constitutes the official record. No paper copy of an electronically filed document shall be sent to the court.
801.18(9)(b) (b) The duties of the clerk of court under ss. 59.40, 851.72, and 851.73, and all other statutes, court rules, and procedures may be fulfilled through proper management of electronic documents as provided in this section. The requirements of statutes and rules that refer to paper copies, originals, mailing, and other traditional methods may be satisfied by transmission of documents through the electronic filing system.
801.18(9)(c) (c) Subject to the schedule set by the director in sub. (2) (b), the clerk of court shall maintain the official court record only in electronic format for all cases commenced after that date. Documents filed by traditional methods shall be electronically imaged and made part of the official record. The clerk of court may discard the paper copy pursuant to SCR 72.03 (3). Any official court record containing electronically filed documents must meet the operational standards set by SCR 72.05 for electronic records.
801.18(9)(d) (d) If a document is filed in a case in closed status, the clerk of court shall file the document electronically and convert that case to electronic format within a reasonable time. If conversion of the case would be unusually burdensome, the clerk of court may maintain the record in paper format with the permission of the court.
801.18(9)(e) (e) The clerk of court shall make the public portions of the electronic record available for viewing at the clerk of court's office. The clerk of court shall make nonpublic portions of the electronic record available for viewing by authorized persons.
801.18(9)(f) (f) The clerk of court may provide either paper or electronic copies of pages from the court record. The clerk of court shall charge the per-page fee set by ss. 814.61 (10) and 814.66 (1) (h) for electronic court records.
801.18(9)(g) (g) Certified copies of an electronic record may be obtained from the clerk of court's office by traditional methods, as provided by s. 889.08. The electronic system may also make available a process for electronic certification of the court record. The seal of the court may be applied electronically. No use of colored ink or an impressed seal is required.
801.18(9)(h) (h) Except as provided in par. (i), parties filing by traditional methods shall file a copy of any document and not the original paper document. The court may require the submitting party to produce the original paper document if authenticity of document is challenged. If the court inspects the original paper document, it shall be retained as an exhibit as provided in SCR 72.03 (4).
801.18(9)(i) (i) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, a will deposited for safekeeping under s. 853.09 may not be electronically filed. The original paper will shall be deposited with the court.
801.18(9)(j) (j) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, a person submitting a will to the court under s. 856.05 shall file the original paper will in the proper court. The register in probate shall image the will and create an electronic case file. The register in probate shall maintain the paper copy of a will in a separate file for the time period provided by SCR chapter 72.
801.18(9)(k) (k) Pleadings may be submitted during a court proceeding by traditional methods. Pleadings submitted in court shall be imaged and the imaged copy entered into the court record by the clerk of court.
801.18(9)(L) (L) For documentary exhibits, parties shall submit a copy of the exhibit and not the original. The clerk of court shall image each documentary exhibit and enter the imaged document into the court record. Copies of documentary exhibits so imaged may be discarded as provided in SCR 72.03 (3). If inspection of the original document is necessary to the court proceeding, the court may order that the original document be produced. Any original document so produced shall be retained as an exhibit as provided in SCR 72.03 (4).
801.18(9)(m) (m) An administrative agency submitting a record for judicial review in compliance with s. 227.55 shall image the administrative record and submit the imaged copy electronically using a method provided by the electronic filing system. The electronic record shall be the official record in the circuit court. If inspection of an original document is necessary to the court proceeding, the court may order that the original document be produced.
801.18(10) (10)Authentication. Electronic placement of the court filing stamp and the case number on each copy of an initiating document constitutes authentication under the statutes and court rules. An authenticated copy may be printed from the case management system by the clerk of court or from the electronic filing system by the user.
801.18(11) (11)Notarization and oaths.
801.18(11)(a)(a) Notaries public who hold valid appointments under ch. 137 may issue certificates of notarial acts for electronically filed documents as provided in this section.
801.18(11)(b) (b) Court officials authorized by law to perform notarial acts may do so by application of their electronic signatures provided through the electronic filing system.
801.18(11)(c) (c) Unless specifically required by statute or court rule, electronically filed documents are not required to be notarized.
801.18(11)(d) (d) Documents notarized by traditional methods may be filed through the electronic filing system if a handwritten signature and physical seal appear on the original document. The user shall submit an imaged copy of the notarized document to the electronic filing system, and the court shall maintain the imaged copy as the official court record. The court may require the submitting party to produce the original paper document if the authenticity of the notarization is in question.
801.18(11)(e) (e) Notwithstanding s. 706.07 (8) (c), an electronically filed complaint under ch. 799 may be verified by applying the electronic signature of the plaintiff or the plaintiff's attorney to a written oath attesting that the facts of the complaint are true, without swearing to the oath in front of a notarial officer.
801.18(11)(f) (f) The director, in his or her discretion, may approve the use of an electronic notary technology compatible with the existing electronic filing system.
801.18(12) (12)Signatures of users.
801.18(12)(a)(a) A document requiring the signature of a user is deemed to have been signed by the user when it is electronically filed through the court electronic filing system. The signature shall use the format “Electronically signed by" followed by the name of the signatory, and shall be placed where the person's signature would otherwise appear. This signature shall be treated as the user's personal original signature for all purposes under the statutes and court rules.
801.18(12)(b) (b) A summons and complaint, petition, or other initiating document that is signed in compliance with par. (a) bears a sufficient signature under s. 802.05.
801.18(12)(c) (c) Each electronically filed document shall bear that person's name, mailing address, telephone number, and state bar number if applicable.
801.18(12)(d) (d) An attorney may delegate the authority to submit documents to the electronic filing system to a person under the attorney's supervision. Any document requiring the attorney's signature is deemed to have been signed by the attorney if submitted to the electronic filing system and signed as provided in par. (a). Every attorney is responsible for all documents so submitted.
801.18(12)(e) (e) Every attorney is responsible for electronically filed documents to the same extent as for paper filings. Attorneys using the electronic filing system are subject to sanctions under s. 802.05 and contempt procedures under ch. 785, and are subject to discipline for a violation of any duty to the court under the supreme court rules.
801.18(12)(f) (f) Self-represented parties and filing agents under s. 799.06 are responsible for electronically filed documents to the same extent as for paper filings. Self-represented parties and filing agents using the electronic filing system are subject to sanctions under s. 802.05 and contempt procedures under ch. 785.
801.18(12)(g) (g) Users may submit documents without electronic signatures in the following situations:
801.18(12)(g)1. 1. A joint petition in an action for divorce or legal separation may be electronically filed if it bears the handwritten signature of one party and the electronic signature of the other or the handwritten signatures of both parties.
801.18(12)(g)2. 2. A stipulation will be considered signed by multiple persons if it bears the handwritten signatures of all signatories or if it bears the printed name of each signatory and contains a representation by the filing party that the filing party has consulted with the signatories and all have agreed to sign the document.
801.18(12)(g)3. 3. The court may agree to accept a document with the handwritten signature of a user and direct that it be made part of the electronic record by the clerk of court.
801.18(12)(h) (h) For paper parties, every document requiring a signature shall be signed using a handwritten signature. If a document requiring a signature is filed by traditional methods, the filing party shall file a copy of that document and not the original paper document, as provided under sub. (9).
801.18(12)(i) (i) Documents containing handwritten signatures of third parties, such as affidavits, may be filed through the electronic filing system if a handwritten signature appears on the original document. The user shall submit an imaged copy of the signed document to the electronic filing system, and the court shall maintain the imaged document as the official court record. The court may require the submitting party to produce the original paper document if validity of the signature is challenged.
801.18(12)(j) (j) The director, in his or her discretion, may approve the use of other signature technologies to the extent that they work with the existing electronic filing system.
801.18(13) (13)Signatures of court officials.
801.18(13)(a)(a) If the signature of a court official is required on a document, an electronic signature may be used. The electronic signature shall be treated as the court official's personal original signature for all purposes under Wisconsin statutes and court rules. Where a handwritten signature would be located on a particular order, form, letter, or other document, the official's printed name shall be inserted.
801.18(13)(b) (b) The electronic signature of a court official shall be used only by the official to whom it is assigned and by such delegates as the official may authorize. The court official is responsible for any use of his or her electronic signature by an authorized delegate.
801.18(13)(c) (c) A court official may delegate the use of his or her electronic signature to an authorized staff member pursuant to the security procedures of the court case management system. Upon learning that the confidentiality of the electronic signature has been inadvertently or improperly disclosed, the court official shall immediately report that fact to the consolidated court automation programs. Court officials shall safeguard the security of their electronic signatures and exercise care in delegation.
801.18(14) (14)Confidential information.
801.18(14)(a)(a) The confidentiality of an electronic record is the same as for the equivalent paper record. The electronic filing system may permit access to confidential information only to the extent provided by law. No person in possession of a confidential electronic record, or an electronic or paper copy thereof, may release the information to any other person except as provided by law.
801.18(14)(b) (b) Parties shall comply with the requirements of ss. 801.19 to 801.21 regarding redaction of protected information, identification of confidential material, and sealing of filed documents.
801.18(14)(c) (c) If a document is confidential, it shall be identified as confidential by the submitting party when it is filed. The electronic filing system may require users to enter certain information, such as social security numbers, in confidential fields. The clerk of court is not required to review documents to determine if confidential information is contained within them.
801.18(14)(d) (d) If a user seeks court approval to seal a document, the user may electronically file the document under temporary seal pending court approval of the user's motion to seal.
801.18(14)(e) (e) The electronic filing system shall place a visible mark on documents identified as confidential.
801.18(15) (15)Transcripts.
801.18(15)(a)(a) The original transcript of any proceeding produced under SCR 71.04 shall be electronically filed with the circuit court in accordance with procedures established by the director. This rule does not alter the requirements governing timelines, format or costs established by s. 814.69, SCR 71.04, or any other statutes, rules, and procedures. This section does not alter the requirements for filing transcripts with the supreme court or court of appeals.
801.18(15)(b) (b) The electronic filing system shall note that the transcript has been prepared and filed with the court. Upon receiving payment or making arrangements for payment, the court reporter shall indicate which users may have access to the electronic transcript. Access to an electronic copy of the transcript through the electronic filing system shall serve as a duplicate copy under s. 757.57 (5) and SCR 71.04 (6). Upon the request of a user who is entitled to view the transcript, a single paper copy of the transcript shall be provided without additional charge. No user shall be granted access to view the transcript unless the court reporter has notified the system or the court has so ordered.
801.18(15)(c) (c) The court reporter shall notify any paper parties by traditional methods that the transcript has been prepared. The court reporter shall serve a paper copy of the transcript by traditional methods on any paper party who has made arrangements for payment or who is entitled to be served with a copy. A court reporter may by agreement make the transcript available in another format.
801.18(15)(d) (d) When notice to the clerk of the supreme court and court of appeals is required, the court reporter shall provide notice by traditional methods until directed otherwise by the supreme court or court of appeals.
801.18(15)(e) (e) A transcript when filed under this section becomes a part of the court file. The transcript shall be made available to the public in accordance with the statutes and rules governing court records and any court orders.
801.18(15)(f) (f) Under SCR 71.04 (10) (b), a court reporter may certify that the transcript is a verbatim transcript of the proceedings by applying the court reporter's signature in the same manner as provided in sub. (12) (a) and then electronically filing the transcript.
801.18(15)(g) (g) A court reporter shall electronically file with the circuit court any sentencing transcript prepared under s. 973.08 (2). Payment shall be made as provided by SCR 71.04 (5) and s. 973.08 (2). The electronic filing system may provide a method to electronically transmit the transcript to the Department of Corrections as provided in s. 973.08 (5).
801.18(15)(h) (h) A court reporter shall electronically file an original unredacted transcript with the circuit court. Parties shall comply with the requirements of ss. 801.19 (4) and 801.21 (8), regarding redaction and sealing of protected information in the transcript. If redaction is ordered, a court reporter shall electronically file a complete copy of the redacted transcript as provided in s. 801.19 (4).
801.18(15)(i) (i) Court reporter notes that are required to be stored under SCR 71.03, SCR 72.01 (47), and Rule of Trial Court Administration 7 shall continue to be stored in their original medium.
801.18(16) (16)Technical failures.
801.18(16)(a)(a) A user whose filing is made untimely as a result of a technical failure may seek appropriate relief from the court as follows:
801.18(16)(a)1. 1. If the failure is caused by the court electronic filing system, the court may make a finding of fact that the user submitted the document to the court in a timely manner by tendering it to the electronic filing system. The court may enter an order permitting the document to be deemed filed or served on the date and time the user first attempted to transmit the document electronically or may grant other relief as appropriate.
801.18(16)(a)2. 2. If the failure is not caused by the court electronic filing system, the court may grant appropriate relief from non-jurisdictional deadlines upon satisfactory proof of the cause. Users are responsible for timely filing of electronic documents to the same extent as filing of paper documents.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 137 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before February 23, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after February 23, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 2-23-18)