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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962
(1962)

Judicial branch,   pp. [549]-564 PDF (4.4 MB)


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WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
abolished by the reorganization of the court system. The municipal
justice is elected for a 2-year term. A salary which shall be in
lieu of fees is fixed by the local governing body. There is no
requirement that the office be filled by a lawyer. Court may be
held daily or as provided by ordinance. It is not a court of record.
   Municipal justice courts have exclusive jurisdiction over actions
for the violation of ordinances in the town, village, or city where
they are located. These courts have the same civil jurisdiction of
justice of peace and in addition, they have jurisdiction for actions
to recover property up to $200, to recover penalties and forfeitures
up to $200, and unlawful detainer. Criminal jurisdiction is limited
to crimes for which the penalty does not exceed $200 or 6 months
in jail or both and to cases relating to preservation of the peace.
                    Justice of the Peace Courts
   The office of justice of peace is established in the Constitution
by Article VII, Sec. 15. Since it is a constitutional office, the justice
of peace courts were not affected by the various reorganization
acts except for reduction of jurisdiction.
   Justices may be elected for a 2-year term in all towns, villages,
and cities in the state except the City of Milwaukee. They need
not be attorneys to qualify for office. The justices are compensated
by fees.
   The jurisdiction of the justice of the peace extends throughout
the county. Civil jurisdiction is limited to actions involving $200
or less. The justices no longer have jurisdiction over forfeitures,
recovery of personal property, unlawful detainer, and matters of
garnishment and attachment. Criminal jurisdiction is now limited
to battery and disorderly conduct.
                          Judicial Council
Members: FRANCIS J. WILCOX, chairman; WARREN H. RESH, vice chair-
    man; WALTER M. BJORK, ROBERT F. BODEN, JUDGE GERALD J. BOILEAU,
    SENATOR ALLEN J. BUSBY, JAMES J. BURKE, JOHN E. CONWVAY, JUDGE
    CARL FLOMI, JUSTICE E. HAROLD HALLOWS, JOHN A. KLUWIN, CHARLES
    W. MENTKOWSKI, JUDGE RICHARD W. ORTON, ASSEMBLYMIAN RICHARD
    E. PETERSON, JUDGE HERBERT J. STEFFES, JUDGE ROLAND J. STEINLE.
Secretary and Executive Secretary: HENRY A. HILLEMIANN.
Office: State Capitol.
Publications: Judicial Statistics (biennial); Study of Jurisdiction of
    Wisconsin Courts, Compensation of Judges and Sources of Com-
    pensation (annual); 1961 Biennial Report; Report to Supreme
    Court on Rules of Pleading, Practice and Procedure (published
    when needed).
  The Judicial Council was created by Chapter 392, Laws 1951.
It consists of 16 members: a Supreme Court Justice selected by the
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