History: 1981 c. 317
Fees of the municipal court. 814.65(1)(1)
In a municipal court action, except for a financial responsibility violation under s. 344.62 (2)
or for a violation of an ordinance in conformity with s. 343.51 (1m) (b)
or 347.48 (2m)
, the municipal judge shall collect a fee of not less than $15 nor more than $38 on each separate matter, whether it is on default of appearance, a plea of guilty or no contest, on issuance of a warrant or summons, or the action is tried as a contested matter. Of each fee received by the judge under this subsection, the municipal treasurer shall pay monthly $5 to the secretary of administration for deposit in the general fund and shall retain the balance for the use of the municipality.
Witness and interpreter's fees.
The fees of witnesses and interpreters shall be paid as specified in s. 814.67
A municipal court shall not impose and collect attorney fees.
Other than fees specified in sub. (1)
and costs specified in par. (b)
, no fees or costs are taxable by a municipality to a party before a municipal court unless it is directly chargeable to the municipality as a disbursement, such as service of process costs.
If service of process is accomplished by municipal personnel, the cost of the service prescribed under ss. 814.70
, subject to any modification applicable under s. 814.705
, is taxable regardless of whether a separate disbursement is made to specifically reimburse the municipal employee or agency.
Except as provided in par. (d)
, if a defendant is required to appear in municipal court, in addition to any forfeiture, costs, fees, or surcharges it imposes, the municipal court shall impose and collect from the defendant any costs charged to or paid by a law enforcement agency for the withdrawal of the defendant's blood if the court finds that the defendant violated a local ordinance in conformity with s. 23.33 (4c)
, 23.335 (12) (a)
, or 350.101
Except as provided in par. (d)
, if at the time the court finds that the defendant committed the violation, the law enforcement agency has not paid or been charged with the costs of withdrawing the defendant's blood, the court shall impose and collect the costs the law enforcement agency reasonably expects to be charged for the withdrawal, based on the current charges for this procedure.
The court shall disburse the amounts it collects under this subsection to the law enforcement agency that requested the blood withdrawal.
The court may not impose on the defendant any cost for an alternative test provided free of charge as described in s. 343.305 (4)
Costs and fees on appeal.
On appeal from municipal court, the appellant shall pay the fee prescribed in s. 814.61 (8)
. Costs shall be as provided in s. 814.08
History: 1981 c. 317
; 1983 a. 107
; 1987 a. 181
; 1989 a. 22
; 1991 a. 26
; 1997 a. 27
; 2003 a. 30
; 2005 a. 54
; 2007 a. 96
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 53
; 2015 a. 55
; 2017 a. 365
The phrase “each separate matter" in sub. (1) refers to the various methods in which a single legal action can come before a municipal court for final disposition. The fee authorized by sub. (1) is therefore a fee that can be charged only once in a municipal court action, regardless of how many warrants or commitment orders are issued in the action prior to its final disposition. OAG 8-09
A municipality does not have statutory authority to impose a charge separate from the fee collected under sub. (1) that can be taxed as a cost to a municipal court defendant and that is payable to the municipal plaintiff either for the issuance of each warrant or commitment order by a municipal court in a single legal action or for service by municipal personnel of each warrant or commitment order issued by a municipal court in a single legal action. OAG 8-09
Fees of register in probate. 814.66(1)(1)
The register in probate shall collect the following fees:
For filing a petition whereby any proceeding in estates of deceased persons is commenced, if the value of the property subject to administration, less encumbrances, liens or charges, is $10,000 or less, a fee of $20 and, if more than $10,000, a fee of 0.2 percent of the value of the property subject to administration, less encumbrances, liens or charges. The register in probate may not base a fee under this subdivision upon the value of property that is not subject to administration.
The fees shall be paid at the time of the filing of the inventory or other documents setting forth the net value of the property subject to administration in the proceedings, and shall apply to inventories filed in testamentary trusts. The fees fixed in this paragraph shall also be paid in survivorship proceedings, and in the survivorship proceedings the value shall be based on the value of the property passing to the survivors.
For filing a petition for guardianship of the estate under ch. 54
or an application for conservatorship under s. 54.76
, if the value of the property, less encumbrances, liens or charges, is the amount specified under s. 867.03 (1g) (intro.)
or less, a fee of $20 and, if more than the amount specified under s. 867.03 (1g) (intro.)
, a fee of 0.2 percent of the value of the property, less encumbrances, liens or charges.
The fee shall be paid at the time of filing of the inventory or other documents setting forth the value of the estate in the proceedings.
For a certificate terminating a life estate or homestead interest, $3, but the fee shall not be collected if the termination is consolidated with probate or administration proceedings.
For a certificate or judgment of descent of lands, the same fees shall be charged and collected as are charged in estate proceedings in par. (a)
based upon the valuation of the property passing by the certificate or judgment of descent.
For filing objections to the probate of a will, $20, except that this fee may be waived by the court when objection is filed by a guardian ad litem or attorney, or attorney-in-fact, for a person in the military service. The court may order a refund of the fee to the objector from the assets of the estate.
For each certificate issued by the registers in probate or circuit judges, $3.
Except as provided in subd. 2.
, for copies, certified or otherwise, of records or other papers in the custody and charge of registers in probate, or for the comparison and attestation of copies not provided by the registers, $1 per page.
For copies of any court document requested by the state public defender, other than a transcript, a fee equal to the actual, necessary and direct costs of copying.
For filing claims against estates, $3. The $3 fee shall be added on to the amount of the claim and may be recovered as part of the claim.
For searching files or records to locate any one action when the person requesting the search does not furnish the case number of the action, or to ascertain the existence or nonexistence of any instrument or record in the custody of the clerk of circuit court, $4.
For receiving a power of attorney for health care instrument for safekeeping, as provided under s. 155.65 (1)
For filing a petition under s. 54.56
, whether in a guardianship or temporary guardianship proceeding or to commence an independent action, $60.
For depositing or disbursing money under s. 54.12 (1) (a)
, a fee of $10 or 0.5 percent of the amount deposited, whichever is greater at the time the money is deposited with the register in probate, and a fee of $10 whenever any withdrawal is made of the money deposited with the register in probate.
For purposes of determining fees payable under sub. (1)
, the following shall apply:
If survivorship proceedings are pursued independent of probate or administration, a fee shall be collected for each proceeding, and the fee shall not be less than that payable if the proceedings were consolidated.
Proceedings to administer assets subsequent to entry of final judgment in an estate are subject to fees as separate proceedings. The fees shall not be less than those which would have been chargeable if the assets had been included in the original proceedings.
Special administrations are subject to filing fees, the fees to be credited upon fees for subsequent general administration or probate.
The register in probate shall, on the first Monday of each month, pay into the office of the county treasurer all fees collected by him or her and in his or her hands and still unclaimed as of that day. Each county treasurer shall make a report under oath to the secretary of administration on or before the 5th day of January, April, July, and October of all fees received by him or her under sub. (1) (a)
up to the first day of each of those months and shall at the same time pay 66.67 percent of the fees to the secretary of administration for deposit in the general fund. Each county treasurer shall retain the balance of fees received by him or her under this section for the use of the county.
The “fee" under sub. (1) based on the value of the estate is in reality a tax and does not violate the constitution. Treiber v. Knoll, 135 Wis. 2d 58
, 398 N.W.2d 756
A fee is not collected under sub. (1) (a) upon the filing of the inventory for a testamentary trust. Trust Estate of Rice, 187 Wis. 2d 658
, 523 N.W.2d 168
(Ct. App. 1994).
Sub. (1) (b) 2. calculates the guardianship filing fee based on the total value of an estate, including the value of unliquidated claims held by the estate at the time of the inventory. That the exact value of the claim is unknown does not exclude it from the value of the estate. The subsequent liquidation of the claim determines its value. The guardian is required to list the claim on the inventory with an unknown value and to supplement the inventory under s. 858.17 when the claim is liquidated. Angela S. v. Jefferson County, 2006 WI App 260
, 297 Wis. 2d 42
, 726 N.W.2d 300
“Copies" in sub. (1) (h) 1. includes the use of technologies such as a camera phone or handheld scanner. The statutes, however, do not authorize the collection of fees when a requester makes the copies using those devices with no aid from the register in probate. The register is the authority holding the records. The register thus controls the method of copying and may choose whether to allow a person to make copies with a personal device. OAG 12-14
Fees of witnesses and interpreters. 814.67(1)(1)
The fees of witnesses and interpreters shall be as follows:
For attending before a municipal judge, an arbitrator, or any officer, board or committee:
For interpreters, $10 per one-half day or such higher fees as the municipality or county board may establish.
For witnesses attending before a circuit court, $16 per day.
For attending before the court of appeals or the supreme court:
For interpreters, a fee determined by the supreme court.
For interpreters assisting the state public defender in representing an indigent in preparing for court proceedings, $35 per one-half day.
For a witness, the rate of 20 cents per mile for either of the following:
Traveling from his or her residence to the place of attendance, and returning by the usually traveled route between such points if his or her residence is within the state.
Traveling from the point where he or she crosses the state boundary to the place of attendance and returning by the usually traveled route between such points if his or her residence is outside the state.
Except as provided in subd. 2. b.
, for an interpreter, the mileage rate set under s. 20.916 (8)
for traveling from his or her residence to the place of attendance and returning by the usually traveled route between such points.
For an interpreter traveling to the place of attendance from his or her place of residence outside the state, the number of miles between the interpreter's residence and the point at which he or she crosses the state boundary for which the interpreter may receive reimbursement under this subdivision may not exceed 100 miles each way, following the usually traveled route between such points.
A witness or interpreter is entitled to fees only for the time he or she is in actual and necessary attendance as such; and is not entitled to receive pay in more than one action or proceeding for the same attendance or travel on behalf of the same party. A person is not entitled to fees as a witness or interpreter while attending court as an officer or juror. An attorney or counsel in any cause may not be allowed any fee as a witness or interpreter therein.
Fees of supplemental court commissioners. 814.68(1)(1)
Supplemental court commissioners.
A supplemental court commissioner appointed under s. 757.675 (1)
shall collect the following fees:
A fee of $1 for each decision, signing or filing of a document or other ministerial act required by law performed by a supplemental court commissioner. This paragraph does not apply to testimonial proceedings or depositions taken before a supplemental court commissioner.
For the following duties performed by a supplemental court commissioner held in the county courthouse or other court facilities provided by law, reasonable compensation as fixed by the court but not more than the hourly equivalent of the salary of a judge of the court:
Every attendance upon the hearing of any motion for an order which a supplemental court commissioner is authorized to grant and for attendance upon any motion or an official act to be done by the supplemental court commissioner.
Conducting a hearing and deciding on the issuance of a writ of habeas corpus, certiorari, ne exeat and alternate writs of mandamus.
Attendance upon the taking of testimony or examination of witnesses in any matter held outside the county courthouse or other court facilities provided by law, whether acting as a referee or otherwise.
For attendance upon an examination under ch. 816
, a supplemental court commissioner shall collect a fee of $15 to be paid upon the issuance of the order under s. 816.03 (1)
. The fee shall be returned in any case where it appears by affidavit filed that the order was not served upon the judgment debtor. This fee is the only fee a supplemental court commissioner is entitled to for proceedings under ch. 816
History: 1981 c. 317
; 2001 a. 61
Fees of court reporters; transcripts. 814.69(1)(1)
A court reporter shall collect the following fees:
For a transcript under SCR 71.04
, a fee at the rate of $1.50 per 25-line page for the original and 50 cents per 25-line page for the duplicate. Except as provided in s. 967.06 (3)
, the fee shall be paid by the county treasurer upon the certificate of the clerk of court.
For a transcript under s. 757.57 (5)
, a fee from the party requesting the transcript at the rate of $2.25 per 25-line page for the original and 50 cents per 25-line page for each copy. If the request is by the state or any political subdivision thereof, the fees of the reporter shall be at the rates provided in par. (a)
If a party requests that a transcript under s. 757.57 (5)
be prepared within 7 days after the request and the transcript is not required by supreme court rule or statute to be prepared within that 7-day period, a fee in addition to the fee under par. (b)
of 75 cents per 25-line page for the original and 25 cents for each copy. The fee under this paragraph does not apply to a request made by the state or a political subdivision of the state.
A reporter may make a special charge, pursuant to arrangement with the party requesting the same, for furnishing typewritten transcripts of testimony and proceedings from day to day during the progress of any trial or proceeding.
For purposes of this section, a page other than the final page of a transcript shall consist of any 25 or more consecutive typewritten lines, double-spaced, on paper not less than 8 1/2 inches in width, with a margin of not more than 1 1/2 inches on the left and five-eighths of an inch on the right, exclusive of lines disclosing page numbering; type shall be standard pica with 10 letters to the inch. Questions and answers shall each begin a new line. Indentations for speakers or paragraphs shall be not more than 15 spaces from the left margin.
Counties are not required to provide free copy machine services to court reporters who collect fees under sub. (2), 1989 stats., for furnishing transcripts to parties. 79 Atty. Gen. 157
County employees who perform court reporting functions are “court reporters" under this section and may personally retain fees collected hereunder. The county may take the fees into account in setting salary structures. 81 Atty. Gen. 7
Fees of sheriffs.
The sheriff shall collect the fees under this section. The fees are set as follows, unless a higher fee is established under s. 814.705
Service of process.
For each service or attempted service of a summons or any other process for commencement of an action, a writ, an order of injunction, a subpoena, or any other order, $12 for each defendant or person. If there is more than one defendant or person to be served at a given address, $6 for each additional defendant or person. No fee charged under this subsection in any action commenced under s. 813.12
, or 813.123
may be collected from a petitioner under s. 813.12
, or 813.123
. The fee charged under this subsection in any action commenced under s. 813.12
, or 813.125
shall be collected from the respondent under s. 813.12
, or 813.123
if he or she is convicted of violating a temporary restraining order or injunction issued under s. 813.12 (3)
, 813.122 (4)
, 813.123 (4)
, or 813.125 (3)
. No fee charged under this subsection in any action commenced under s. 813.125
may be collected from a petitioner under s. 813.125
if the petition alleges conduct that is the same as or similar to conduct that is prohibited by s. 940.32
or that is listed in s. 813.12 (1) (am) 1.
If no fee is collected under this subsection from a petitioner under s. 813.125
, the fee charged under this subsection in any action commenced under s. 813.125
shall be collected from the respondent under s. 813.125
if he or she is convicted of violating a temporary restraining order or injunction issued under s. 813.125 (3)