At the time of the filing of the foreign judgment, the judgment creditor or lawyer shall make and file with the clerk of court an affidavit setting forth the name and last-known post-office address of the judgment debtor and the judgment creditor.
Promptly upon the filing of the foreign judgment and affidavit, the clerk of circuit court shall mail notice of the filing of the foreign judgment to the judgment debtor at the address given and shall make a note of the mailing on the court record. The notice shall include the name and post-office address of the judgment creditor and the judgment creditor's lawyer, if any, in this state. In addition, the judgment creditor may mail a notice of the filing of the judgment to the judgment debtor and may file proof of mailing with the clerk of circuit court. Lack of mailing notice of filing by the clerk of circuit court shall not affect the enforcement proceedings if proof of mailing by the judgment creditor has been filed.
No execution or other process for enforcement of a foreign judgment filed hereunder shall issue until 15 days after the date the judgment is filed.
If the judgment debtor shows the court that an appeal from the foreign judgment is pending or will be taken, or that a stay of execution has been granted, the court shall stay enforcement of the foreign judgment until the appeal is concluded, the time for appeal expires, or the stay of execution expires or is vacated, upon proof that the judgment debtor has furnished the security for the satisfaction of the judgment required by the state in which it was rendered.
If the judgment debtor shows the court any ground upon which enforcement of a judgment of any court of this state would be stayed, the court shall stay enforcement of the foreign judgment for an appropriate period, upon requiring the same security for satisfaction of the judgment which is required in this state.
(5) Optional procedure.
The right of a judgment creditor to bring an action to enforce the judgment instead of proceeding under this section remains unimpaired.
(6) Uniformity of interpretation.
This section shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the law of those states which enact it.
(7) Short title.
This act may be cited as the "Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act".
Sup. Ct. Order, 67 Wis. 2d 585, 738 (1975); 1975 c. 218
; 1995 a. 224
See s. 618.61
for provision for reciprocal enforcement of foreign insurance decrees or orders.
The established constitutional principles that: 1) without proper service of process, no full faith and credit need be accorded a foreign judgment; 2) want of jurisdiction is a matter of legitimate inquiry when enforcement of such a judgment is sought; and 3) mere recital of jurisdiction or jurisdictional facts is not sufficient to bar such inquiry, apply to both actions in rem and quasi in rem as well as to personal judgments. Hansen v. McAndrews, 49 Wis. 2d 625
, 183 N.W.2d 1
The rate of interest provided by a foreign judgment docketed in Wisconsin controls rather than the s. 815.05 (8) rate. Prof. Office Buildings, Inc. v. Royal Indemnity Co. 145 Wis. 2d 573
, 427 N.W.2d 427
(Ct. App. 1988).
Indian tribal documents: full faith and credit. 806.245(1)(1)
The judicial records, orders and judgments of an Indian tribal court in Wisconsin and acts of an Indian tribal legislative body shall have the same full faith and credit in the courts of this state as do the acts, records, orders and judgments of any other governmental entity, if all of the following conditions are met:
The tribal court judgment offered in evidence is a valid judgment.
The tribal court certifies that it grants full faith and credit to the judicial records, orders and judgments of the courts of this state and to the acts of other governmental entities in this state.
The public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of any Indian tribe that are applicable to an Indian child custody proceeding, as defined in s. 48.028 (2) (d)
, or an Indian juvenile child custody proceeding, as defined in s. 938.028 (2) (b)
, shall be given full faith and credit by the state as provided in s. 48.028 (3) (f)
or 938.028 (3) (f)
To qualify for admission as evidence in the courts of this state:
Copies of acts of a tribal legislative body shall be authenticated by the certificate of the tribal chairperson and tribal secretary.
Copies of records, orders and judgments of a tribal court shall be authenticated by the attestation of the clerk of the court. The seal, if any, of the court shall be affixed to the attestation.
In determining whether a tribal court is a court of record, the circuit court shall determine that:
The court keeps a permanent record of its proceedings.
Either a transcript or an electronic recording of the proceeding at issue in the tribal court is available.
Final judgments of the court are reviewable by a superior court.
The court has authority to enforce its own orders through contempt proceedings.
In determining whether a tribal court judgment is a valid judgment, the circuit court on its own motion, or on the motion of a party, may examine the tribal court record to assure that:
The tribal court had jurisdiction of the subject matter and over the person named in the judgment.
The judgment is final under the laws of the rendering court.
The judgment was procured without fraud, duress or coercion.
The judgment was procured in compliance with procedures required by the rendering court.
No lien or attachment based on a tribal court judgment may be filed, entered in the judgment and lien docket or recorded in this state against the real or personal property of any person unless the judgment has been given full faith and credit by a circuit court under this section.
A foreign protection order, as defined in s. 806.247 (1) (b)
, issued by an Indian tribal court in this state shall be accorded full faith and credit under s. 806.247
The prior action rule, which provides that when one court assumes jurisdiction, it is reversible error for another court to do so, does not apply to the court of an independent sovereign. In this case principles of comity required state and tribal courts to confer and allocate jurisdiction among themselves. Teague v. Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians, 2000 WI 79
, 236 Wis. 2d 384
, 612 N.W.2d 709
; and 2003 WI 118
, 265 Wis. 2d 64
, 665 N.W.2d 899
Full faith and credit does not require automatically admitting to the state bar any attorney who was admitted to a tribal court in Wisconsin. Bar Admission of Helgemo, 2002 WI 57
, 253 Wis. 2d 82
, 646 N.W.2d 912
Full faith and credit for foreign protection orders. 806.247(1)(b)
"Foreign protection order" means any temporary or permanent injunction or order of a civil or criminal court of the United States, of an Indian tribe or of any other state issued for preventing abuse, bodily harm, communication, contact, harassment, physical proximity, threatening acts or violence by or to a person, other than support or custody orders.
(2) Status of a foreign protection order. 806.247(2)(a)(a)
A foreign protection order shall be accorded full faith and credit by the courts in this state and shall be enforced as if the order were an order of a court of this state if the order meets all of the following conditions:
The foreign protection order was obtained after providing the person against whom the protection order was sought a reasonable notice and opportunity to be heard sufficient to protect his or her right to due process. If the foreign protection order is an ex parte injunction or order, the person against whom the order was obtained shall have been given notice and an opportunity to be heard within a reasonable time after the order was issued sufficient to protect his or her right to due process.
The court that issued the order had jurisdiction over the parties and over the subject matter.
A foreign protection order issued against the person who filed a written pleading with a court for a protection order is not entitled to full faith and credit under this subsection if any of the following occurred:
No written pleading was filed seeking the foreign protection order against that person.
A cross or counter petition was filed but the court did not make a specific finding that each party was entitled to a foreign protection order.
(3) Filing of a foreign protection order. 806.247(3)(a)(a)
A copy of any foreign protection order, or of a modification of a foreign protection order that is on file with the circuit court, that is authenticated in accordance with an act of congress, an Indian tribal legislative body or the statutes of another state may be filed in the office of the clerk of circuit court of any county of this state. The clerk shall treat any foreign protection order or modification so filed in the same manner as a judgment of the circuit court.
Within one business day after a foreign protection order or a modification of a foreign protection order is filed under this subsection, the clerk of circuit court shall send a copy of the foreign protection order or modification of the order to the sheriff in that circuit or to the local law enforcement agency that is the central repository for orders and injunctions in that circuit.
The sheriff or law enforcement agency that receives a copy of a foreign protection order or of a modification of an order from the clerk under par. (b)
shall enter the information received concerning the order or modification of an order into the transaction information for management of enforcement system no later than 24 hours after receiving the information. The sheriff or law enforcement agency shall make available to other law enforcement agencies, through a verification system, information on the existence and status of any order or modification of an order filed under this subsection. The information need not be maintained after the order or modification is no longer in effect.
History: 1995 a. 306
No judgment without action.
Any authorization in a note executed after June 18, 1972, for the creditor, or other person acting on the creditor's behalf, to confess judgment for the debtor shall be void and unenforceable.
History: 1973 c. 261
; Sup. Ct. Order, 67 Wis. 2d 585, 740 (1975); 1975 c. 218
"Action" means a judicial proceeding or arbitration in which a money payment may be awarded or enforced with respect to a foreign-money claim.
"Bank-offered spot rate" means the rate of exchange at which a bank will issue its draft in a foreign money or will cause credit to become available in a foreign money on a next-day basis.
"Conversion date" means the banking day before the date that money is used, under ss. 806.30
, for one of the following:
To pay the designated official enforcing a judgment on behalf of the judgment creditor.
To effect a recoupment or setoff of claims in different moneys in an action.
"Distribution proceeding" means a judicial or nonjudicial proceeding for an accounting, an assignment for the benefit of creditors, a foreclosure, a liquidation or rehabilitation of a corporation or other entity or a distribution of an estate, trust or other fund in which or against which a foreign-money claim is asserted.
"Foreign money" means money other than money authorized or adopted by the United States of America.
"Foreign-money claim" means a claim upon an obligation to pay or a claim for recovery of a loss, expressed in or measured by a foreign money.
"Money" means a medium of exchange for the payment of obligations or a store of value authorized or adopted by a government or by intergovernmental agreement.
"Party" means an individual, corporation, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, partnership, or association of 2 or more persons having a joint or common interest, or any other legal or commercial entity asserting or defending against a foreign-money claim.
"Rate of exchange" means the rate at which the money of one country may be converted into money of another country in a free financial market convenient to or reasonably usable by the party obliged to pay or to state a rate of conversion. If separate rates of exchange apply to different kinds of transactions or events, the term means the rate applicable to the particular transaction or event giving rise to the foreign-money claim.
"Spot rate" means the rate of exchange at which foreign money is sold by a bank or other dealer in foreign exchange for settlement by immediate payment, by charge to an account, or by an agreed delayed settlement not exceeding 2 days.
"State" means a state, territory or possession of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the United States Virgin Islands.
History: 1991 a. 236
apply only to a foreign-money claim in an action or distribution proceeding.
(2) Sections 806.30
apply to foreign-money issues notwithstanding the law applicable under the conflict of laws rules of this state to other issues in the action or distribution proceeding.
History: 1991 a. 236
Variation by agreement. 806.32(1)
The parties may agree to vary from the effects of ss. 806.30
at any time before or after the commencement of an action or distribution proceeding, or the entry of judgment.
The parties may agree upon the money to be used in a transaction giving rise to a foreign-money claim and may use different moneys for different aspects of the transaction. Stating the price in a foreign money for a particular transaction does not require, of itself, the use of that money for other aspects of the transaction.
History: 1991 a. 236
Determining the money of the claim. 806.33(1)
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, the proper money of the claim is one of the following:
The money regularly used between the parties as a matter of usage or course of dealing.
The money used at the time of a transaction in international trade, by trade usage, or common practice, for valuing or settling transactions in the particular commodity or service involved.
The money in which the loss was ultimately felt or will be incurred by a party.