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    The Wisconsin Supreme Court amended SCR 13.045(1) to require judicial members to pay the annual WisTAF assessment, amended SCR 70.14(2) to formalize the PPAC vice chair position, and amended Wis. Stat. section (Rule) 809.18 governing voluntary dismissals of cases on appeal.
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    Vol. 81, No. 5, May 2008

    Supreme Court Orders

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court amended SCR 13.045(1) to require judicial members to pay the annual WisTAF assessment, amended SCR 70.14(2) to formalize the PPAC vice chair position, and amended Wis. Stat. section (Rule) 809.18 governing voluntary dismissals of cases on appeal.

    WisTAF Assessment

    In the matter of the Amendment of SCR 13.015 and SCR 13.045 Governing the Assessment on Attorneys for WisTAF

    Order 07-06

    On May 8, 2007, the State Bar of Wisconsin filed an administrative rule petition asking this court to revise Supreme Court Rules 13.015 and 13.045 governing the assessment on attorneys for Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF). A public hearing was held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. The court discussed this matter at its open administrative conferences on Nov. 7, 2007, and on Feb. 22, 2008, and resolved as follows:

    IT IS ORDERED that, effective the date of this order, the first two sentences of Supreme Court Rule 13.045 (1) are amended to read as follows:

    13.045 (1) Annual assessments. Commencing with the State Bar's July 1, 2005 2008 fiscal year, every attorney who is an active member or judicial member of the state bar, and all Supreme Court Justices, shall pay to the fund an annual assessment, to be determined by the supreme court. The assessment shall be $50.00. Emeritus members, judicial members, and inactive members of the state bar are excused from the annual assessment.

    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the proposed amendment to SCR 13.015 as set forth in the petition is denied.

    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that notice of this amendment of SCR 13.045 (1) be given by a single publication of a copy of this order in the official state newspaper and in an official publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    Dated at Madison, Wis., this 25th day of March, 2008.

    By the court:
    David R. Schanker,
    Clerk of Supreme Court

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    PPAC Vice Chair Position

    In the matter of the Amendment to SCR 70.14(2) formalizing vice-chairperson position on the Planning and Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC)

    Order 07-14

    On Oct. 31, 2007, A. John Voelker, Director of State Courts, petitioned the court on behalf of the Planning and Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC) for an amendment to SCR 70.14(2) to formalize the position of PPAC vice-chairperson in SCR 70.14, which outlines the membership and role of PPAC. A public hearing was held on Friday, March 14, 2008. Mr. Voelker presented the petition, and there were no other appearances. The court received no comments opposing the petition.

    At the ensuing open administrative conference, the court voted unanimously to adopt the petition. Accordingly, effective the date of this order, SCR 70.14 (2) of the Supreme Court Rules is amended to read:

    SCR 70.14 (2). The chief justice, or his or her designee, or such other member as the chief justice shall appoint will act as chairperson of the planning and policy advisory committee. The chairperson shall appoint an existing judicial member of the planning and policy advisory committee to serve as vice-chairperson. The vice-chairperson will act in a leadership capacity in the absence of the chairperson and will serve in this capacity at the discretion of the chairperson.

    IT IS ORDERED that notice of this amendment of SCR 70.14(2) be given by a single publication of a copy of this order in the official state newspaper and in an official publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    Dated at Madison, Wis., this 2nd day of April, 2008.

    By the court:
    David R. Schanker,
    Clerk of Supreme Court

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    Voluntary Dismissal of Cases on Appeal

    In the matter of the Proposed Amendment to Wis. Stat. § (Rule) 809.18 (Voluntary Dismissal)

    Order 07-15

    On Nov. 27, 2007, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals petitioned the court to amend Wis. Stat. § (Rule) 809.18 governing voluntary dismissals of cases on appeal to create a subsection which requires the parties to immediately notify the court that the matter has been compromised or settled. A public hearing was held on Friday, March 14, 2008. Margaret A. Carlson, Chief Staff Attorney for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, presented the petition. The Honorable Charles R. Dykman, Judge, District IV Court of Appeals, also appeared. There were no other appearances. The court received no comments opposing the petition.

    At the ensuing open administrative conference, the court voted to adopt the petition, with modifications. Accordingly, effective July 1, 2008, Wis. Stat. § (Rule) 809.18 is amended as follows:

    Section 1. Section 809.18 of the statutes is renumbered 809.18 (1).

    Section 2. Section 809.18 (2) of the statutes is created to read:

    809.18 (2) If the parties compromise or otherwise settle the entire matter in litigation prior to the issuance of the decision of the court of appeals, the appellant shall immediately inform the court in writing, signed by all parties, that the matter has been compromised or settled. Upon receipt of such information, the court shall dismiss the appeal in accordance with sub. (1).

    IT IS ORDERED that notice of this amendment of Wis. Stat. § (Rule) 809.18 be given by a single publication of a copy of this order in the official state newspaper and in an official publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    Dated at Madison, Wis., this 2nd day of April, 2008.

    By the court:
    David R. Schanker,
    Clerk of Supreme Court

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