Headlines

Headlines from the current year are available below. For headlines released prior to 2016 check the archives (2007- 2020).

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04/14/21 Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler elected as next chief justice
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler today was elected by her fellow justices as the state's next chief justice, effective May 1, 2021. Ziegler will take over from the current Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack, who did not seek re-election to the post but remains on the Court. Read more.
04/06/21 Wisconsin Supreme Court oral argument - April 2021
A copy of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's calendar of cases to be heard during April can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. 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. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
03/11/21 Wisconsin Supreme Court oral argument - March 2021 [UPDATED]
An updated copy of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's calendar and synopses of cases being heard during March, including cases scheduled for March 15, 18 and 23 can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. Read more.
03/10/21 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts nine new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept nine new cases, and the Court acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, counties of origin and the issues presented in granted cases are listed here. More information about pending appellate cases can be found on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Published Court of Appeals opinions can be found here, and the status of pending Supreme Court cases can be found here. Read more.
03/09/21 Virtual court interpreter training offered during April
The Wisconsin Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for Spring court interpreter training to be held over two consecutive weekends on April 10 and 11, and April 17 and 18. This virtual interpreter training is offered to those who want to explore work as an interpreter for the Wisconsin court system. A similar virtual training was successfully offered in September of 2020 using Zoom technology. Read more.
03/05/21 Supreme Court Agenda - March 17, 2021 public hearing
An agenda for the Wisconsin Supreme Court's March 17 Public Hearing can be found here. A copy of the full hearing notice can be found here. A copy of Rule Petition 20-07 can be found here. Information about the Supreme Court's rule-making process can be found here. A livestream of the hearing will be available here at the scheduled start time of the hearing. Read more.
02/26/21 Wisconsin Supreme Court oral argument - March 2021
A copy of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's calendar of cases to be heard during March, including synopses of the cases scheduled for March 3 can be found here. Synopses of other cases will be provided at a later date. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. 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. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
02/17/21 Wisconsin Supreme Court oral argument - February 2021
A copy of the calendar and synopses of cases being heard by the Wisconsin Supreme Court during February can be found here. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues. 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. Previously released opinions issued by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals can be found here. Read more.
02/15/21 Wisconsin Supreme Court agenda - Feb. 24, 2021
An agenda for the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Feb. 24 Public Hearing can be found here. Copies of the full hearing notices can be found here. Copies of the rules petitions and related information can be found here (20-05) and here (20-06). Information about the Supreme Court's rule-making process can be found here. A livestream of the hearing will be available here at the scheduled start time. Read more.
02/02/21 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts five new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept five new cases, and the Court acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, counties of origin and the issues presented in granted cases are listed. More information about pending appellate cases can be found on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Published Court of Appeals opinions can be found here, and the status of pending Supreme Court cases can be found here. Read more.
01/25/21 Wisconsin Jury Instructions now available via State Law Library website
In cooperation with the University of Wisconsin Law School, Director of State Courts Hon. Randy R. Koschnick announced today that the Office of Judicial Education, in partnership with the Wisconsin State Law Library, is now providing free online access to updated criminal, civil, and juvenile jury instructions. Read more.
01/20/21 REVISED: Wisconsin Supreme Court - Oral argument Jan. 21, 2021
A revised copy of the calendar and synopses of cases being heard by the Wisconsin Supreme Court during January can be found here. A date referenced in the synopsis for 2018AP669 Ronald L. Collison v. City of Milwaukee Board of Review, scheduled to be heard at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow, Jan. 21, 2021, has been corrected. Read more.
01/08/21 Supreme Court January 14 public rules hearing agenda
An agenda for the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Jan. 14 Public Hearing can be found here. Copies of the full hearing notices can be found here. Copies of the pending rules petitions and related information, including submitted communications, can be found here (20-03) and here (20-04). Information about the Supreme Court's rule-making process can be found here. A livestream of the hearing will be available here at the scheduled start time. Read more.
01/05/21 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts four new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept four new cases, and the Court acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, counties of origin and the issues presented in granted cases are listed. More information about pending appellate cases can be found on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Published Court of Appeals opinions can be found here, and the status of pending Supreme Court cases can be found here. Read more.
01/05/21 Flags ordered to half-staff for Justice Abrahamson
Gov. Tony Evers has ordered flags of Wisconsin and the United States to fly at half-staff today, Jan. 5, in honor of the late Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, who died Dec. 19, 2020. Abrahamson served on the Court from 1976 to 2019 and was Chief Justice from 1996 to 2015. A copy of the governor's press release can be found here, and a copy of Executive Order #102 can be found here. Read more.
01/04/21 Director accepts State Bar's 'Legal Innovator' award
Director of State Courts, Hon. Randy R. Koschnick, recently accepted a Legal Innovator Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin for the court system's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Video of the award presentation, including Koschnick's remarks can be found here. The award was announced in November and presented remotely in December. Read more.