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02/10/16 - 2014AP108-CR (2016 WI 7)
State of Wisconsin v. Charles V. Matalonis - The decision of the court of appeals is reversed, and the cause is remanded to the circuit court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
Author: Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler
Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson dissents – opinion filed.
Justices David T. Prosser, Shirley S. Abrahamson, and Ann Walsh Bradley dissent – opinion filed.

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Supreme Court seeks legislative study on access to civil legal services

February 5, 2016 - The Justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court have unanimously asked the co-chairs of the Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council to create a committee to study how to improve access to civil legal services for people who cannot afford a lawyer. see full article see full article

February case of the month

February 2, 2016 - The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court's session, a "teachable" case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. February case of the month available here.

Students experience Supreme Court through 'Court with Class'

February 2, 2016 - Students and teachers from Germantown High School and Stockbridge High School will visit the Supreme Court in Madison on Feb. 4 as part of the award-winning Court with Class educational program. see full article see full article

Oral argument schedule

January 29, 2016 - The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments during February on cases that originated in five counties. The calendar and synopses of cases to be heard can be found here.

Formal swearing-in ceremony held for Justice Rebecca G. Bradley

January 26, 2016 - Justice Rebecca G. Bradley will be formally sworn in as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court during a ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. today in the Assembly Chamber on the second floor of the State Capitol's West Wing. see full article see full article

Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts 12 new cases

January 21, 2016 - 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 counties of origin of granted cases are listed below. Hyperlinks to Court of Appeals' decisions are also provided where available. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues presented. More information about any particular case before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. see full article see full article

Open rules conference

January 13, 2016 - The Supreme Court January 22, 2016 open rules conference agenda is now available. More detailed information about pending rules petitions and about the rule-making process is also available.

Oral argument schedule

January 12, 2016 - The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments during January on cases that originated in four counties. The calendar and synopses of cases to be heard can be found here.

The Third Branch, fall 2015

December 4, 2015 - The fall edition of The Third Branch, the quarterly newsletter of the Wisconsin court system, is now available.

Newspaper highlights judge's successful plea to find boy a home

November 23, 2015 - Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher R. Foley has made headlines in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the second time this year—all for good cause. In a Nov. 22 column entitled “Judge’s rare public plea finds adoptive family for teen,” columnist Jim Stingl declared: “It worked!” regarding Foley’s effort to find a home for 14-year-old Napoleon “Polo” Scott. Read more and see photos here. (external link) see full article see full article


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