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Commercial Docket Pilot Project

In April 2017, the Wisconsin Supreme Court approved the creation of a pilot project for dedicated circuit court judicial dockets for large claim commercial cases. The pilot project will involve qualifying cases filed in Waukesha County and in the circuit courts of the Eighth Judicial Administrative District. There is also potential availability of a commercial docket for cases venued outside of Waukesha County and the Eighth Judicial Administrative District when the parties to the proceedings agree to the change in venue, and a judge participating in a commercial docket agrees to the transfer.

The commercial dockets will begin on July 1, 2017 and last for three years, during which time data and comments will be gathered from participants and judges. At the end of three years, the Supreme Court will review the pilot and determine whether the pilot should proceed to a permanent, statewide program.

A commercial docket advisory committee, called the Business Court Advisory Committee that was appointed by Chief Justice Roggensack, has provided guidance in creating the pilot. The Committee, consisting of judges, private attorneys, and administrative staff, is creating a number of new forms and administrative tools to be used during the pilot. Once completed, the forms and tools will be available on this page, as well as other important information about the project.

Participating judges will be able to post decisions they issue in commercial docket cases for public review on this page.

Resources

Supreme Court Order 16-05: In re creation of a pilot project for dedicated circuit court judicial dockets for large claim commercial cases. Adobe PDF

Required forms

These forms have been developed for use in the Commercial Docket Pilot Project and are required to be used for all cases meeting the requirements of S. Ct. Order 16-05, 2017 WI 33 (issued Apr. 11, 2017, eff. July 1, 2017).

Class codes

These class code should be used for any case meeting one of the definitions below. Cases filed under these class codes may be assigned to the commercial docket. S. Ct. Order 16-05, 2017 WI 33 (issued Apr. 11, 2017, eff. July 1, 2017).

For more information, contact Peggy Hurley in the Office of Court Operations at peggy.hurley@wicourts.gov or (608) 266-3121.