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753.19 Annotation Services of appointed counsel for non-indigent individuals in civil commitment hearing should be paid by county. State ex. rel. Chiarkas v. Skow, 160 W (2d) 123, 465 NW (2d) 625 (1991).
753.19 Annotation State public defender, not county, was obligated to pay costs of necessary expert witnesses hired by appointed private attorney without prior approval as required by rule. Payment of Witness Fees in State v. Huisman, 167 W (2d) 168, 482 NW (2d) 665 (Ct. App. 1992).
753.22 753.22 When court to be held. If a matter appointed to be heard at a specified time is not heard at the time appointed, it stands continued and may be heard at any time, unless the court orders otherwise.
753.22 History History: 1977 c. 449.
753.23 753.23 Night and Saturday sessions. In each circuit having 4 or more branches, at least one branch shall schedule and hold sessions at least one Saturday and 2 evenings after 6 p.m. per month. In each circuit having 2 or 3 branches, at least one branch shall hold one session per month on Saturday or in the evening after 6 p.m. In single branch circuits, Saturday and evening sessions may be held as the convenience of the litigants requires.
753.23 History History: 1977 c. 449.
753.24 753.24 Where court to be held.
753.24(1) (1) Circuit court shall be held regularly at the county seat.
753.24(2) (2) Provision may be made, by court rule, for holding court in any city, village or town in the county other than the county seat where the court finds that there are adequate facilities provided and there is sufficient business to warrant holding court.
753.24(3) (3) If court is held in a city or village located partly in the county from which the judge was elected and partly in another, the judge may hold court, except for trials of criminal offenses, anywhere in that city or village, the same as if it were entirely within the county from which he or she was elected.
753.24 History History: 1977 c. 449; 1993 a. 246.
753.26 753.26 Office and records to be kept at county seat. Except in branches Nos. 4, 5 and 7 of the circuit court for Rock county, every circuit judge in this state shall maintain in his or her office the books, papers and records of the court at the county seat of the county in which the judge holds office, which office and the books, papers and records thereof shall at all reasonable times be open to access and inspection by any person having any business therewith except as otherwise provided by law. Originals of judgments or orders made under circuit court jurisdiction of branches Nos. 4, 5 and 7 of the Rock county circuit court in Beloit, shall be kept at the county seat.
753.26 History History: 1977 c. 449; 1979 c. 65; 1987 a. 75.
753.30 753.30 Clerk of circuit court; duties, powers.
753.30(1) (1) The clerk of circuit court shall keep the books and records under s. 59.40 (2) (a) to (i) and ch. 799 and perform the duties under s. 59.40 (2) (j) to (q) for all matters in the circuit court except those under chs. 48 and 851 to 880.In counties having only one circuit judge, the circuit judge, with the approval of the chief judge of the judicial administrative district, may appoint the clerk of court register in probate. The appointments are revocable at the pleasure of the circuit judge. Appointments and revocations shall be in writing and shall be filed in the office of the register in probate. If appointed for this purpose, the clerk has the powers and duties of registers in probate. In prosecutions of ordinance violations in the circuit court in counties having a population of 500,000 or more, an assistant chief deputy clerk appointed under sub. (3) (a), or one of his or her deputies, shall enter upon the records of the court a statement of the offense charged, which shall stand as the complaint, unless the court directs formal complaint be made. The defendant's plea shall be guilty or not guilty, and shall be entered as not guilty on failure to plead, which plea of not guilty shall put all matters in such case at issue, any other provisions of law notwithstanding.
753.30(2) (2) In counties with multibranch circuit courts, the clerk of circuit court may appoint one or more deputies for each branch. A deputy appointed to serve a particular branch may serve any other branch of the circuit court.
753.30(3) (3) In counties having a population of 500,000 or more the clerk of the circuit court shall:
753.30(3)(a) (a) Appoint, under ss. 63.01 to 63.16, an assistant chief deputy clerk for the exclusive handling of the clerk's work in all criminal and ordinance matters in circuit courts, but the clerk of the circuit court or such chief deputy clerk shall sign all extradition requisition papers as required by law.
753.30(3)(a)1. 1. The assistant chief deputy clerk or one of his or her deputies shall be present at each session of the circuit court assigned criminal and traffic cases and shall perform all ministerial acts required by and under the direction of the judges, and when the court is not in session, may take bail for the appearance of any person under arrest before the courts for a misdemeanor or a traffic violation, subject to revision by the courts; the clerk or one of his or her deputies, shall issue all processes under the clerk's hand and the seal of the court and attest it in the name of the judge, signing it by the title of office, and shall tax costs; the clerk or one of his or her deputies, may issue warrants upon complaint filed in writing and upon oath in all cases. The complaints, warrants, recognizance, commitments, attachments, venires, subpoenas and all other writs and papers in the courts shall be in substance in the form provided by rules duly adopted and published by the judicial conference.
753.30(3)(a)2. 2. In prosecutions of ordinance violations in the court, the clerk, or one of the clerk's deputies, shall enter upon the records of the court a statement of the offense charged, which shall stand as the complaint, unless the court directs formal complaint to be made; then the defendant's plea shall be guilty or not guilty, and shall be entered as not guilty on failure to plead, which plea of not guilty shall put all matters in the case at issue, any other provision of law notwithstanding.
753.30(3)(a)3. 3. The clerk and deputies and the police officers attending the circuit court branches assigned criminal and traffic cases and serving its process shall receive no fee.
753.30(3)(b) (b) Appoint, under ss. 63.01 to 63.16, an assistant chief deputy clerk of circuit court for the exclusive handling of the clerk's work in all civil matters in circuit court excluding probate and juvenile matters.
753.30(3)(c) (c) Appoint, under ss. 63.01 to 63.16, an assistant chief deputy clerk for the exclusive handling of the clerk's work in the branches of court assigned juvenile matters.
753.30(3)(d) (d) The clerk of the circuit court is the department head of the clerk of courts department of the circuit for the county, except branches assigned probate jurisdiction, as to all personnel, procurement, budget and related matters.
753.30 History History: 1977 c. 449; 1979 c. 32 s. 92 (16); 1995 a. 201.
753.30 Annotation Non-judicial officer performing ministerial function at behest of judge acting in judicial capacity is entitled to absolute immunity from civil liability. Ford v. Kenosha County, 160 W (2d) 485, 466 NW (2d) 646 (1991).
753.32 753.32 Clerks, etc., not to be appraisers. No clerk or other person employed in the office of any circuit judge may be appointed commissioner or appraiser in any matter that is within the jurisdiction of the judge or of the circuit court.
753.32 History History: 1977 c. 449.
753.34 753.34 Circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties.
753.34(1)(1) Menominee county shall not be organized separately for circuit court purposes, but is a part of a joint circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties, which constitutes a single judicial district. No circuit judge for Menominee county may be elected separately, but the duly elected judges of the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties shall serve as judges of the circuit. The books, papers and records of the office of the judges shall be kept at the county seat of the county in which each has his or her principal office or, at the discretion of the judges, at either or both county seats.
753.34(2) (2) Each circuit judge for the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties may appoint a register in probate or may jointly appoint one register in probate to serve the court. If one register in probate serves the court, the office of the register in probate shall be in the city of Shawano.
753.34(3) (3) The qualified electors of Menominee county shall be eligible to vote at every election for circuit judge.
753.34(4) (4) The county boards of Menominee county and Shawano county shall enter into an agreement prorating the joint expenditures involved in conducting the circuit court, and for such purposes the county board of Menominee county may appropriate, levy and collect a sum each year sufficient to pay its share of the expenses; but no portion of the initial cost, or amortization of debt on the Shawano county courthouse or repair, maintenance or improvement of the same or items which are taxable costs between the parties shall be included as a joint expenditure for proration purposes. If the 2 county boards are unable to agree on prorating the joint expenditures involved, then the circuit court judges for the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties shall, under appropriate notice and hearing, determine the prorating of the expenditures, on the basis of the volume and character of work and responsibilities, to each county, under such procedure as they prescribe. If the circuit judges are unable to agree, the chief judge of the judicial administrative district shall make the determination.
753.34(5) (5) The court may order proceedings held at the county seat in Menominee county or at the county seat in Shawano county or other appropriate place. The proper place of trial of civil and criminal actions commenced in the court shall be the place in either county where the judge orders proceedings held.
753.34(6) (6) The jury commissioners of Shawano county shall serve as jury commissioners for the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties, and the jury list shall be known as the jury list for the circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties.
753.34(7) (7) All fines and all costs and fees collected in circuit court for Menominee and Shawano counties in causes of action arising out of Menominee county shall be accounted for and paid over under s. 59.40 (2) (m) to the county treasurer of Menominee county and in causes of action arising out of Shawano county shall be accounted for and paid over under s. 59.40 (2) (m) to the county treasurer of Shawano county.
753.34(8) (8) All process and pleadings and documents of the court shall be entitled, "Circuit Court for Menominee and Shawano Counties".
753.34 History History: 1977 c. 449; 1981 c. 317; 1995 a. 201.
753.35 753.35 Rules of practice and trial court administration.
753.35(1)(1) A circuit court may, subject to the approval of the chief judge of the judicial administrative district, adopt and amend rules governing practice in that court that are consistent with rules adopted under s. 751.12 and statutes relating to pleading, practice and procedure. The court shall file each adopted or amended rule with the clerk of circuit court. Except for a rule adopted or amended as an emergency rule, the court shall file an adopted or amended rule prior to the rule's effective date. The clerk of circuit court shall send a copy of the filed adopted or amended rule to the secretary of the local bar association in that circuit, the court administrator for that judicial administrative district, the state bar of Wisconsin, [and] the state law library and the office of the director of state courts. A person may submit to the court written comments on a rule for the court's consideration in determining whether revision of the rule is needed. The clerk of circuit court shall print and make available to the public, at cost, all rules adopted or amended under this section.
753.35 Note NOTE: 1995 Wis. Act 225 inserted the bracketed "and" without showing it as underscored and deleted the preceding comma without showing it as stricken. No change was intended. Corrective legislation is pending.
753.35(2) (2) The chief judge of the judicial administrative district shall file a local rule of trial court administration adopted or amended under SCR 70.34 with the court administrator for the judicial administrative district. The chief judge of the judicial administrative district shall file the local rule prior to the rule's effective date. The court administrator for the judicial administrative district shall send a copy of the filed adopted or amended rule to the clerks of circuit court in the judicial administrative district, the secretaries of the local bar associations in the district, the state bar of Wisconsin, the state law library and the office of the director of state courts. A person may submit to the chief judge of the judicial administrative district written comments on a rule for the chief judge's consideration in determining whether revision of the rule is needed. The clerks of circuit court in the judicial administrative district shall print and make available to the public, at cost, all rules adopted under SCR 70.34.
753.35(3) (3) The state bar of Wisconsin, the state law library and the clerks of court to whom copies of rules are sent under this section shall serve as repositories of the rules sent to them under subs. (1) and (2).
753.35 History History: Sup. Ct. Order No. 93-14, 185 W (2d) xv (1994); Sup. Ct. Order No. 94-09, 187 W (2d) xix (1994); 1995 a. 225.
753.40 753.40 Contributions to crime prevention organizations. A circuit court may require a person violating an ordinance that prohibits conduct that is the same as or similar to conduct prohibited by state statute punishable by fine or imprisonment to make a contribution not to exceed the maximum amount of the forfeiture which may be levied to a crime prevention organization if the court determines that the violator has the financial ability to make the contribution.
753.40 History History: 1995 a. 28.
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