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

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

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in the following cases: when a calendar is congested, a judge is
disqualified or unable to act, or a vacancy in the office exists or
the judge is on vacation. The office of administrator of courts is
established to help in these matters.
                     Administrator of Courts
Administrative director: JOHN E. MARTIN.
  The 1961 Legislature created, by Chapter 261, the new office
of administrator of courts to assist the Chief Justice in the over-
all administration of the courts under the reorganized system.
The administrative director is appointed by the Supreme Court for
an indefinite term of office. The salary is fixed by the court, but
may not exceed the maximum amount paid to circuit judges. The
Supreme Court may appoint assistants to the director as needed.
The duties of the administrator are to inform the Chief Justice on
matters relating to judicial business, collect statistics, and perform
other duties as required by the Supreme Court.
           Administrative Committee for Court System
    STAPLETON, JUDGE EDWIN M. WILKIE (all ex officio).
    The administrative committee was created by Chapter 315, Laws
1959, to review the administration and methods of operation of all
the courts of the state, the volume and condition of business in
those courts, and to plan expeditious handling of judicial matters.
It is composed of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or such
other justice as the Supreme Court may designate, a circuit judge
representing the Board of Circuit Judges, and a county judge repre-
senting the Board of County Judges. The administrative committee
shall meet at least 4 times a year at the call of its chairman.
   Judicial business in counties over 200,000 population (Milwau-
kee and Dane counties) is reviewed by a county board of judges
composed of all judges of the courts of record. The county board
of judges may make rules and transfer actions between the county
and circuit courts where concurrent jurisdiction exists. A circuit
judge shall be elected chairman of such board.
                           Circuit Courts
   The circuit court is the principal trial court of the state. The
circuit court was not greatly affected by the reorganization except
for some redistricting and the creation of the new 25th circuit
district. The 72 counties of the state are divided into 25 circuit
districts. The populous counties of Milwaukee, Dane, Racine, and
Waukesha each serve as a single circuit; and the rest of the circuits
are composed of multi-county units. Where judicial business is

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