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

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

Page 540

  The 16 members are: a Supreme Court Justice selected by the
court, a circuit judge, a county judge and a judge of another in-
ferior or municipal court selected respectively by the Board of
Circuit Judges, the Board of County Judges and the Board of
Criminal Court Judges; one member each from the judiciary com-
mittees of the senate and the assembly designated by the chair-
men of such committees; the Attorney General or an assistant;
the Revisor of Statutes or his assistant; the deans of the Wis-
consin and Marquette law schools or faculty members designated
by them; the president-elect of the Wisconsin Bar Association;
3 other members selected by that association; and 2 citizens ap-
pointed by the Governor. Council members receive no pay other
than reimbursements for expenses.
  The council submitted a tentative plan of court organization
to the 1955 Legislature and recommended adoption of a constitu-
tional amendment to improve the organization of our court system.
A joint resolution for adoption of such an amendment passed; it
will again be presented to the 1957 Legislature for its second
passage along with a more detailed plan of court organization.
  The council sponsored a constitutional amendment, adopted by
voters in the spring of 1955, requiring the mandatory retirement
at the age of 70 of Supreme Court and circuit court judges. The
council also supported legislation to include full-time municipal
court judges in the state retirement system. Other measures, in-
troduced at the request of the council, and adopted by the legisla-
ture at the 1955 session covered matters of practice and procedure
in the courts.

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