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How do Wisconsin Courts work?

The Supreme Court is the highest legal authority in the state of Wisconsin, and is in place mainly to review decisions made by the Court of Appeals. This allows the Supreme Court to settle important debates and precedents. The Court of Appeals in turn review the decisions made by superior or trial courts when one party contests. There are 72 of these superior or trial courts in the 72 Wisconsin counties. The Court of Appeals is made up of 16 judges from four districts. The chief judge of the Courts of Appeals is appointed by the Supreme Court with a term of three years.

Civil Cases and Small Claims

There are some key differences between civil cases and small claims cases in the state of Wisconsin. Civil cases deal with petitioners seeking over $250,000, with nearly 175,000 of these cases filed each year. Civil cases can also revolve around non-monetary disputes over things such as name changes, restraining orders, and property. On the other hand, small claims cases refer to those in which the petitioner is seeking $5,000 or under and is not represented by counsel. Just under 150,000 of these are filed each year. These can include disputes over loans, warranties, repairs and deposits, with the court being able to order to defendant to pay a fee.

Appeals and court limits

There are also difference is how the courts operate. Civil courts allow either party to appeal a decision, where as the small claims courts only allow a defendant to do this. Civil courts also allow lawyers to accompany people into court and file papers for them, while neither things are allowed in  small claims cases. Pretrial discovery is allo public meetings are conducted and recorded.

A person can obtain records at:

Michigan Supreme Court

Address: 110 E Main St # 440, Madison, WI 53703

Phone: (608) 266-7442



Wisconsin Court Structure
Wisconsin State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (608) 530-1198

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Wisconsin’s Grant County Courthouse is one of the oldest in the state, and first constructed in 1902.

  • Wisconsin has 4 different types of courts. They are the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Circuit Court, and the Municipal Courts. 
  • Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has 7 judicial positions, and serves as the highest appellate court in the land. It was established in 1841.
  • The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has 16 judicial positions spread over 4 districts. District 1 is in Milwaukee, District 2 is in Waukesha, District 3 is in Wausau, and District 4 is in Madison. Judges here serve 6 year terms.
  • There are 69 Circuit Courts in Wisconsin, with 249 circuit court judges who each serve 6 year terms. They are divided into 10 judicial districts.