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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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JUDICIAL COUNCIL
              COURT OF DOMESTIC RELATIONS
  The Milwaukee Court of Domestic Relations was created by
the 1933 Legislature. The group of judges in the 9 branches of
the Milwaukee Circuit Court select one of their number to preside
over the Court of Domestic Relations for a period of not less than
2 years. This court receives all domestic complaints, investigates
them, and exercises such supervision of these cases as the judge
thereof may order.
                    COURT COMMISSIONERS
  The judges of the circuit courts have authority to appoint not
more than 10 court commissioners in each county whose popula-
tion exceeds 65,000 and 6 in each other county except Milwaukee
County. In the latter each circuit judge may appoint not more
than 2. All county judges and some municipal judges are ex officio
court commissioners. These commissioners take depositions and
testimony in matters pending before the circuit courts, fix bail in
certain criminal cases, and have numerous other powers. Nearly
all court commissioners are practicing attorneys and proceedings
before them are ordinarily taken in their own offices.
                      JUDICIAL COUNCIL
Members: JUDGE ARTHUR W. Kopp, chairman; WARREN H. RESH, vice
    chairman; JUDGE GERALD J. BOILEAU; JAMES J. BURKE; SENATOR
    ALLEN J. BUSBY; ASSEMBLYMAN ARNOLD J. CANE; JOHN E. CONWAY;
    JUSTICE GEORGE R. CURRIE; E. HAROLD HALLOWS; RALPH M. HOYT;
    ROBERT D. JOHNS; JUDGE RosCOE R. LUCE; JUDGE OSCAR J. SCHMIEGE;
    DEAN REYNOLDS C. SEITZ; MAX STIEG; FRANCIS J. WILCOX.
Secretary and Executive Secretary: MRS. MARYGOLD S. MELLI.
Office: State Capitol.
Publications: 1954 Judicial Statistics; Study of Jurisdiction of
     Wisconsin Courts, Compensation of Judges and Sources of
     Compensation (annual); 1953-55 Biennial Report.
   The Judicial Council was established in 1951 to study the or-
ganization and administration of Wisconsin courts. To aid in
this study the council compiles statistics showing the type and
volume of cases handled by the various courts, the manner in which
these cases are disposed of and the condition of court calendars.
These studies enable the council to make recommendations to the
legislature and to the Supreme Court which will improve the ad-
ministration of justice. The council meets nearly every month
and committees of the council meet each month to consider matters
affecting the administration of justice. Reports are made to the
Supreme Court frequently and to the Governor and the legisla-
ture in February of each odd-numbered year.
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