For appellate courts, use of the eFiling system is mandatory for attorneys filing appellate briefs, no-merit reports, petitions for review, and responses; these electronic copies are filed in addition to the paper filings. Self-represented litigants can file these documents electronically, but are not required to by the Supreme Court Rule. Appendices are optional for both attorneys and self-represented litigants.
Briefs are publicly available via the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access (WSCCA) website, while other electronically filed documents are viewable only by the attorneys or parties associated with a particular case.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has created Wis. Stats. §§ 809.19(8)(a)4., 809.19(12), 809.19(13), 809.32(1)(fm), 809.62(4)(b), (c), and (d), 809.80(3), and 809.80(5) authorizing appellate electronic filing, effective July 1, 2009.
About the technology
The technology for this project is similar to electronic filing systems used by the federal courts and other state courts. Documents are filed through a secure website and integrated into the existing case management system. Electronic filing is expected to provide quicker filing and service, reduced reliance on paper files, reduced data entry and improved accuracy.
For more information regarding the appellate court rules, contact the Supreme Court Clerk's Office at (608) 266-1880 or at firstname.lastname@example.org