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  • November 04, 2020

    Voluntary Electronic Filing Now Available in all Court of Appeals Districts

    Voluntary electronic filing is now open in all Wisconsin Court of Appeals districts. The program, which began in August in District III, is has expanded to all districts in anticipation of a mandatory program that begins July 1, 2021.

    Sheila Reiff

    Nov. 4, 2020 – In 2019, the Wisconsin Supreme Court began a pilot project to expand appellate court eFiling beyond the filing of just briefs and appendices.

    Court of Appeals District I, which serves Milwaukee County, is accepting electronic filing of documents as of Nov. 2, 2020. With the addition of District I, all four Court of Appeals districts are now participating in the appellate eFiling pilot project.

    Participation In the pilot project is voluntary for attorneys and for self-represented litigants. Attorneys who wish to use eFiling can join in two ways:

    · For a new appeal, attorneys should file the notice of appeal in circuit court as usual. The notice of appeal should clearly state (preferably in bold) that participation in the pilot project is requested.

    • For pending cases, attorneys should contact the Clerk of the Court of Appeals by email or other writing to request that the case be converted from paper to electronic format.

    • Attorneys who participate in voluntary eFiling are excused from filing multiple paper copies of briefs with the court. If you have questions, check the appellate eFiling website or contact the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals at (608) 266-1880 or at clerk@wicourts.gov.

    Please note that the requirement to file electronic copies of appeal briefs, no-merit reports, petitions for review, and responses is still in effect, even for attorneys who do not participate in the pilot project.




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