The Third Branch
Annual meeting brings together justices, judges, administrators
|District Court Administrators (DCA) in Madison on Jan. 20: Right column, descending from top: Jon Bellows, Fourth District; Holly Szablewski, First District; Beth Perrigo, deputy DCA, First District; Gail Richardson, Fifth District; and Patrick Brummond, Seventh District. Left column, descending from top: Theresa Owens, Second District; Michael Neimon, Third District; Donald Harper, Eighth District; Susan Byrnes, Ninth District; and Ronald Ledford, Sixth District. Middle front: Kristina Aschenbrenner, Tenth District.|
Justices, judges and court administrators from each of the state’s 10 judicial administrative districts gathered at the Concourse Hotel in Madison on Jan. 20 for the annual joint meeting of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Committee of Chief Judges and District Court Administrators (DCAs). The groups discussed the state budget as it relates to the courts and other issues of mutual interest. The meeting presented an opportunity for justices to meet with all DCAs, including four who started thier position in the last year.
Each of the 10 judicial administrative districts in Wisconsin has a DCA appointed by the Chief Judge of the district and the Director of State Courts. The DCA position is created pursuant to SCR 70.30 and appointed under SCR 70.31, the position is defined under SCR 70.16 as one that provides administrative and technical assistance to the chief judge in the administration of the district.
The DCAs have two objectives. They work at the local level with their chief judge and the courts of the district, to serve as the conduit and a link between the state court office and local circuit courts. They are a resource to judges and clerks not only to help them develop and maintain the most effective and efficient caseload management and record keeping systems, but also to help bring innovative and constructive new programs to life. And, they work for the Director of State Courts, serving the state system as a whole by serving on statewide committees and supporting new initiatives and projects. The goal of the DCAs is to help the Wisconsin court system uphold core values, as stated in the court system’s vision statement, of integrity, compassion, fairness and consistency.
|Justice and judges discussed the court system’s 2015-17 state budget request and other items of mutual interest at the annual joint meeting of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Committee of Chief Judges Jan. 20.|