Mandatory e-filing in Wisconsin circuit courts begins July 1 in some counties and in all counties by the end of 2017. This article discusses when mandatory e-filing will affect lawyers in the various legal practice areas, how much it will cost, and what lawyers must do now to prepare for e-filing.
Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, if approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, will take effect in December 2015. The Wisconsin and federal rules are different, but a trend to conform Wisconsin procedural rules to their federal counterparts may herald significant change in how state judges and lawyers proceed in civil matters.
Feb. 5, 2014 – In this article, Milwaukee lawyer Joseph Russell explains potential changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He notes that any amendments at the federal level would likely be adopted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the near future.
Oct. 2, 2013 – An overhaul of Wisconsin's Criminal Procedure Code is taking shape through a comprehensive bill that is 20 years in the making but just recently introduced. In this article, Wisconsin Judicial Council attorney April Southwick and U.W. Law Professor David Schultz, who helped draft the bill, explain the major provisions.