Wisconsin eFiling Update

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Knock, knock . . . housekeeping

Aug 17, 2018 Vol 3, Issue 5

Two friendly reminders . . .

  1. September 1st marks the transition of guardianship, mental commitment, and judgment and lien case types from voluntary to mandatory eFiling. All Wisconsin counties currently offer these case types on a voluntary basis. More on the progress of eFiling in Wisconsin is featured below.
  2. Also starting September 1st, placement of court official signature blocks will shift from the end of court documents to the top of the first page. This change only affects documents requiring the signature of a court official. Information about what you can do to prepare is included below.

More case types moving to mandatory

Guardianship (GN), mental commitment (ME), and judgment and lien (CL, CO, FJ, HL, OL, & TJ) case types become mandatory statewide September 1st, 2018. To see helpful information on filing these case types, check out our User guides and training page.

Court official signature changes

Effective September 1st, 2018, documents requiring the signature of a court official (circuit court judge, court commissioner, clerk of circuit court, or register in probate) must include a blank 3" top margin on page 1 and a blank 1/2" top margin on all subsequent pages. Court software will place the court official's electronic signature in the heftier margin on the first page, along with the filed stamp and a header containing the case number, document number, filed date, and pagination. The header will be applied to the top 1/2" of all pages of documents filed with the courts, whether or not a court official signature is necessary.

Page 1 example
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Page 2 example
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Any applicable documents and forms (only those requiring a court official's signature) used in your office or firm should observe the formatting outlined above starting September 1st, 2018. Circuit court forms located on the Wisconsin court system website will be revised by this date as well. A six month grace period will be honored following implementation, providing you additional time to make the required changes. During this transition period, court staff will indicate if a submission is formatted improperly and the system will place the court official signature on a cover page prepended to the document.

New voluntary case types coming soon

Columbia, Dane, Grant, Jefferson, Racine, St. Croix, Sauk, and Waukesha counties are currently offering voluntary eFiling of adoption (AD), juvenile adoption (JA), juvenile guardianship (JG), and juvenile mental commitment (JM) case types with other counties following suit in the near future. The final set of case types will be piloted in select counties later this month with a voluntary roll-out to follow. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Reach out to us!

Our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you. If you have questions along the way, call us at 1 (800) 462-8843, chat with us, or email us at eFileSupport@wicourts.gov. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter @ CCAP_Wisconsin!

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