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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book
(1956)

The state government: judicial branch,   pp. [527]-540 PDF (3.4 MB)


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WISCONSIN COURTS
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and a reporter. Each justice has a private secretary. The court
may employ not to exceed 2 attorneys to assist as law examiners.
  Under the Constitution the Supreme Court has original juris-
diction in a limited number of cases of state-wide concern and ap-
pellate jurisdiction in all other cases. Between 250 and 300 ap-'
peals come to it each year from the circuit and other courts on
which it gives its decisions, and it receives about 20 applications for
the exercise of its original jurisdiction. No testimony is taken in
the Supreme Court. In cases which involve the original jurisdiction
of the court it may make provision for the taking of testimony before
a commissioner appointed by it. Cases brought to it on appeal the
Supreme Court disposes of on the record made in the trial court,
with printed briefs and oral arguments by counsel. The court takes
up cases in turn, according to a calendar arranged by the clerk.
The Supreme Court holds one term, beginning in August, and is in
session practically continuously from August to July of each year.
Decisions are in writing and are published in the Wisconsin Re-
ports and unofficially in the Northwestern Reports. The Supreme
Court is the final authority on the State Constitution and the highest
judicial tribunal for any action begun in the state courts, except
when a federal question is raised, in which case there may be an
appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.
   The Supreme Court appoints the State Board of Bar Commis-
sioners, licenses attorneys to practice law, and after hearing may
disbar attorneys for cause. Under a 1929 statute it has promulgated
rules of pleading, practice, and procedure for all courts of the state,
with the Judicial Council, since its creation, acting in an advisory
capacity. The justices of the Supreme Court together with the At-
torney General constitute the board of trustees of the State Library
which appoints the Revisor of Statutes and one state librarian.
                         CIRCUIT COURTS
      Term 6 years, expiring on the first Monday in January
       Judge
M. Eugene Baker ........
Leo B. Hanley  ..............
Michael T. Sullivan
Myron L. Gordon ........
Robert C. Cannon ......
Gustave G. Gehrz ......
Francis X. Swietlik
    Address
    of Judge
Kenosha ..............
Milwaukee ..........
Milwaukee ..........
Milwaukee ..........
Milwaukee ..........
Milwaukee ..........
Milwaukee ..........
   Circuits
1st Circuit ..........
2nd Circuit
  Branch 1.
  Branch 2.
  Branch 3.
  Branch 4.
  Branch 5.
  Branch 6.
  Counties in
    Circuit
Kenosha ............
Walworth
Milwaukee ......
Milwaukee ......
Milwaukee ......
Milwaukee ......
Milwaukee ......
Milwaukee ......
Terms
Expire
1962
1960
1960
1961
1960
1957
1959


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