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Recent Supreme Court opinions

08/01/14 - 2012AP1307-CR (2014 WI 101)  
State v. Jeremiah J. Purtell The decision of the court of appeals is reversed.
Author: Justice Michael J. Gableman
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson dissent – opinion filed.

2012AP2185-CR (2014 WI 102  
State v. James R. Hunt The decision of the court of appeals is reversed.
Author: Justice Michael J. Gableman
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, and Justice David T. Prosser dissent – opinion filed.

07/31/14 - 2011AP1572 (2014 WI 96)  
Julaine K. Appling v. Scott Walker Affirmed.
Author: Justice N. Patrick Crooks
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson concurs – opinion filed.
Justice Patience Drake Roggensack concurs – opinion filed.

2012AP584 (2014 WI 97)  
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network, Inc. v. Scott Walker The decision of the court of appeals is modified and as modified, affirmed; Injunction vacated; Cause remanded to circuit court to dismiss the complaint.
Author: Justice Patience Drake Roggensack
Justice N. Patrick Crooks concurs – opinion filed.
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley dissent – opinion filed.

2012AP1652 (2014 WI 98) 
Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Scott Walker The decision of the circuit court is reversed and the permanent and temporary injunctions are vacated.
Author: Justice Patience Drake Roggensack
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson dissents – opinion filed.
Justices N. Patrick Crooks and Ann Walsh Bradley dissent – opinion filed.

2012AP2067 (2014 WI 99) 
Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Scott Walker The decision and order of the circuit court is reversed.
Author: Justice Michael J. Gableman
Justice N. Patrick Crooks concurs – opinion filed.
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson dissent – opinion filed.

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Director of state courts takes on new career challenge

July 25, 2014 - After 22 years of service to the Wisconsin court system, Director of State Courts A. John Voelker has accepted a job as deputy secretary of the state Department of Employee Trust Funds. see full article see full article

Racine County Circuit Court judge appointed to Committee of Chief Judges; Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge selected to head committee

July 21, 2014 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has selected a Racine County Circuit Court judge to serve as a new member of the Committee of Chief Judges and the Court reappointed four chief judges to new two-year terms, effective Aug. 1, 2014. see full article see full article

Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts twelve new cases

July 2, 2014 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept 12 new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and county of origin are listed. see full article see full article

Supreme Court wraps up work for term

July 1, 2014 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court completed and approved for mandate all the cases heard by the court during the 2013-14 term, said Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson. The term ended June 30, and opinions will be released by the Clerk of Supreme Court’s office during the next several weeks. Notice is given a day or two before an opinion is released. To check which opinions are tentatively scheduled for release on a given date, visit the opinions scheduled for release page.

New fee for admission pro hac vice.

June 26, 2014 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court increased the fee for submitting an application for admission pro hac vice to $250, effective July 1, 2014. A portion of the fee is designated for the Office of Lawyer Regulation's general operating requirements and a portion is designated for The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF) and the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission (WATJ) to support programs that improve access to civil legal services for unrepresented low-income Wisconsin residents. View detailed information on how to submit an application for admission pro hac vice.  View the court's order.

The Third Branch, spring 2014

June 11, 2014 - The spring edition of The Third Branch, the quarterly newsletter of the Wisconsin court system, is now available.


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