When access to justice is denied, it affects us personally, says Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Richard Sankovitz. He explains why access to justice matters for everyone and how lawyers can get involved in their own communities.
Official notices of Wisconsin Supreme Court orders adopting, amending, or repealing rules, statutes, or policies related to Supreme Court rules and State Bar of Wisconsin rules and bylaws.
The Wisconsin Judicial Council petitioned the supreme court to repeal the so-called “Deadman’s statutes,” Wis. Stat. §§ 885.16 and 885.17, and to amend Wis. Stat. § 906.01 to remove references to the Deadman’s statutes.
SCR 10.12 allows the State Bar to provide these notices to members through print or electronic media, including the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, WisBar InsideTrack, or WisBar.org.
The Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) requests the court amend the conditional admission rule, SCR 40.075, regarding the eligibility of and conditions imposed on applicants in recovery. The BBE also requests amendments to SCR 22.28 regarding license reinstatement procedures for violators of SCR 40.075.
The Business Court Advisory Committee, appointed by Chief Justice Roggensack, petitioned the court to approve a three-year pilot project to create dedicated trial court judicial dockets for large claim business and commercial cases in Waukesha County and in the Eighth Judicial District.
On Oct. 14, 2016, the Director of State Courts on behalf of the Planning and Policy Advisory Committee, filed a rule petition to amend SCR 20:2.4 to allow lawyer-mediators to draft settlement documents in family cases.
On Sept. 15, La Crosse and Florence counties became the latest counties to implement mandatory e-filing in civil, small claims, family, and paternity cases. Under the new mandatory e-filing rule, Wis. Stat. section 801.18, attorneys and high-volume filers, such as collections agencies, are required to file electronically.