The Third Branch
PPAC rule petition adopted by Supreme Court
By Bonnie MacRitchie, Office of Court Operations
On April 4 the Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously adopted a petition expanding limited scope representation rules in Wisconsin. Under the existing Supreme Court Rule Chapter 20, attorneys were legally able to provide limited scope services. The new rule provides more guidance on providing limited scope representations through the procedures outlined in the petition.
The intent of the rule change is to increase access to justice for low- and moderate-income people by allowing those who cannot afford full representation to get the help they need from a lawyer in a more affordable way and to encourage limited scope representation by Wisconsin attorneys.
Co-chairs Judge John P. Anderson, Bayfield County Circuit Court, and Atty. Mary K. Wolverton, Milwaukee, led the Limited Scope Representation Subcommittee of Planning and Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC) through a three-year process of research and collaboration with stakeholders.
On June 10 the Milwaukee Bar Association will present the subcommittee with a Distinguished Service Award to recognize the efforts of the membership.
Other recent PPAC updates:
- The Public Library Initiative will begin its second round on Tuesday, June 10 in District Five at the Fitchburg Public Library. Invited speakers are: Dane County Circuit Court Judge Shelley Gaylord, Dane County Clerk of Court Carlo Esqueda, Rock County Register in Probate Louis Mineau, UW Law Professor Marsha Mansfield, and District Court Administrator Gail Richardson. The event is a partnership with Julie Tessmer of the State Law Library and Jean Anderson of the South Central Library System.
- The revised Wisconsin Court Security Incident and Threat Report Form is now available on Courtnet in both Word and PDF format. It is Form CS-265.