Rules & requirements

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Rules

The Court of Appeals and Supreme Court are transitioning to eFiling. To see the court rules that apply to your situation, see the implementation timeline and transition instructions.

Document requirements

  • All documents must include:
    1. a blank 1/2" top margin to accommodate the court-applied document header which includes the case number, document number, filed date, and pagination.
    2. a blank 2"x2" square in the top-right corner of the first page to accommodate the court file stamp.
  • All documents should be submitted in PDF format.
  • Documents larger than 20 MB must be split into smaller files before uploading them to the eFiling Website. (Note that appendixes should not be split.) Learn how to split PDF documents.
  • Documents filed in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court must be formatted to fit 8.5" x 11" paper.
  • Omit all JavaScript, macros, document security, and digital signatures (active content). Learn how to flatten a document to remove active content.
  • Use standard fonts when creating Microsoft Word documents and omit columns in the text area. Examples of standard fonts include Book Antiqua, Cambria, Century, Century Schoolbook, Courier, Courier New, Times, and Times New Roman. See the Rules of Appellate Procedure for court requirements regarding fonts.

Document recommendations

  • Scan documents in black and white at 300 dpi for optimal results. Attachments such as maps and photos may be scanned in color if necessary.

Technical requirements

  • eCourts account. Learn how to create an eCourts account.
  • Active email address. Email notifications regarding your cases will be sent to this email address. Make sure your email client and security platform will allow you to receive messages from @wicourts.gov addresses.
  • Internet access. A high speed connection is recommended.
  • Web browser. The most recent version of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari is recommended.
  • Scanner to output scanned documents in PDF format
  • Microsoft Word 2007 or newer
  • PDF conversion software. Microsoft Word has the capacity to save documents in PDF format.
  • Antivirus software