Overview

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Mandatory eFiling of briefs, no-merit reports, & petitions for review

Since 2009, use of the eFiling system has been mandatory for attorneys filing briefs in appeals, no-merit reports, petitions for review, and responses. An electronic copy of each brief must be filed with the court in addition to bound paper copies. Electronic filing of appendices is optional for both attorneys and self-represented litigants. Self-represented litigants may file these documents electronically, but are not required to.

Briefs are publicly available via the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access (WSCCA) website. Other electronically filed documents are viewable only by the attorneys or self-represented parties associated with a particular case.

Voluntary eFiling of all documents in the Court of Appeals

In 2019, the Wisconsin Supreme Court authorized a pilot project allowing the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals to expand appellate court eFiling and allow almost all documents to be electronically filed in the appellate courts. As part of this pilot project, the Court of Appeals will begin to accept filings on a district-by-district basis, beginning on August 3, 2020. eFiling is available for both new cases and new documents in existing cases.

Proposed implementation waves for voluntary eFiling

Implementation wave Target district
August 3, 2020 Court of Appeals District III
August 31, 2020 Court of Appeals District II
September 28, 2020 Court of Appeals District IV
2-4 weeks after District IV Court of Appeals District I

Click here for a county listing for the Court of Appeals districts.

During the pilot project, attorneys will have the option of eFiling all documents with the Court of Appeals. Please note several important points:

  • The rule requiring eFiling of appeal briefs, no-merit reports, petitions for review, and responses continues to be mandatory for attorneys, even those who choose not to participate in the pilot project.
  • Self-represented parties may participate in the voluntary pilot project.
  • Attorneys and self-represented parties participating in the pilot project do not have to file multiple bound copies of briefs with the court.
  • If other parties opt in to the case, those parties may be served electronically. A single paper copy of any document must be served on non-electronic parties.
  • The notice of appeal under Wis. Stat. 809.10 is still filed in the circuit court.
  • A document will be considered filed on a particular day if it is submitted to the eFiling system by 11:59 p.m. and subsequently accepted by the clerk upon review.
  • The $20 eFiling fee will be waived during the pilot project.

For complete information, please consult these rules:

Electronic payment options

The eFiling system provides a means for electronic payment of the filing fee.

Electronic payment is also available for document certification, filing fees, off-site record retrieval, copying fees, and certificates of good standing from the ePayment websites below.

Contact information

Contact the Clerk of Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Office at (608) 266-1880 or at clerk@wicourts.gov. For technical assistance with the Appellate Court eFiling website, contact the Wisconsin Courts eFiling Support Center at 1 (800) 462-8843 or email and chat with a support analyst here.