Wisconsin Court Records

What is Included in Wisconsin Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Wisconsin Court Record Lookup

Collecting child support, reinstating a driver’s license, or evicting a tenant require Wisconsin WI court records to execute. In Wisconsin, court records are public documents available when performing Wisconsin court records search.

Limited jurisdiction courts

Municipal courts are created by cities and have jurisdiction over traffic issues and violations of municipal ordinances like trespassing, health code, and animal control cases.

Trial courts

There is at least one circuit court in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. These WI courts include divisions for family law (divorces, custody, child support cases in Wisconsin, neglect, paternity), probate (guardianships, estates, wills), and juvenile cases. As the court of general jurisdiction, circuit courts hold criminal and civil trials. Wisconsin circuit court criminal records can be earned through court records search online tool.

In a recent year, above mentioned Wisconsin courthouses received 115,500 criminal cases including almost 43,000 felonies. There were an additional 36,827 civil cases filed the same year, which can be accessed via Wisconsin court case lookup.

Appellate courts

There is both an intermediate court of appeals and a supreme court in Wisconsin. The intermediate court of appeals takes all appeals of disputed decisions from lower courts, while the supreme court hears selected appeals and those from state agencies. The supreme court also oversees the state judiciary.

Federal court

There is at least one U.S. District Court in each state that has jurisdiction over violations of federal laws, takes bankruptcy petitions, and handles lawsuits involving multiple states. Wisconsin court records online may be accessed by performing Wisconsin court record lookup.

Wisconsin Notable Court Cases

In 1854, the Booth case has become known for the Wisconsin Supreme Court's move to defy federal statute and fail to require the return of runaway slaves. The case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned the decision, though the Wisconsin Supreme Court never filed the mandates handed to them from the federal court.

In 1926, Wait v. Pierce marked an important milestone for the fight for women's rights in the state. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that women had the right to sue their husbands.

In Risser v. Klauser (1997), the Supreme Court exercised original jurisdiction and defined the veto power of the governor and separation of powers of the executive and legislative branches of the government.

In State v. Mitchell (1992), the high court found a state law unconstitutional that enhanced criminal penalties when the victim was selected based on race or sexual orientation. Later, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed this decision.

In State v. Yoder (1971), the Supreme Court determined that a state law that required children to attend school on a full-time basis violated the Amish's right to freedom to practice their religion. This case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which affirmed the original decision.

Wisconsin Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 195,920
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 3,390
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 102%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 100,975

Civil Caseloads for Wisconsin, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 1,091,458 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 3,390 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 102% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has decreased since 2012, being 195,920 vs. 255,238, which is by 23.2 % lower than 5 years ago. The same picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s lower compared to 2012, by 23.7% being 199,885 compared to 262,032.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 161,168 cases a year to 100,975 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has stayed the same at $10,000 in 2016 compared to the $10,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 1,747 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 2,814 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 55.4% for the state of Wisconsin for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Wisconsin sum in 110,725 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 65% of misdemeanor and 35% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have decreased in Wisconsin compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 116,336 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by -13% and +6% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 47,239 cases which is 817 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 8,683 for the last 5 years, being 55,922 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr's BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas EveMonday, December 24, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018
New Year's EveMonday, December 31, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Court of Appeals Caseloads