Wisconsin Court Decisions
A diagram of the state court system (including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.
Wisconsin State Courts
[State Bar of Wisconsin] — This web site provides a text-search function and indexes by docket number, party names, and date.
Briefs in Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Cases
[Univ. of Wisconsin Law Library] — The Wisconsin Briefs collection contains briefs for all published Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals published cases and all unpublished Court of Appeals cases beginning approximately November 1992 and ending approximately July 2009 (173 Wis. 2d to 317 Wis. 2d). For other dates, see “Wisconsin Briefs Availability by Date”. It does not contain briefs for cases that have been summarily disposed of or otherwise terminated.
Wisconsin Constitution and Legislation
See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Session Laws — Alternative Links • Subject Indexes • Tables of Wisconsin Statutes Affected
Each table of sections affected shows, in the ascending numerical order of affected statute sections (or parts thereof), the changes, by Act number, enacted by the Legislature during its regular and special sessions for the biennnial period noted. In addition, the tables contain references to decimal-numbered statute sections affected in prior legislative sessions that have effective dates not yet reached and to decimal-numbered statute sections affected by Wisconsin Supreme Court Orders.
Wisconsin Statutes — Superseded Versions
Statutory Cross References
Tables of references in the Wisconsin Statutes to U.S. public laws and executive orders, Wisconsin Constitution, and session laws, administrative code, and other statutory sections.
Wisconsin Rules of Procedure and Practice
Wisconsin Administrative Law Sources
See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
- Wisconsin Administrative Code (Wis. Admin. Code)
- Wisconsin Administrative Register (Wis. Admin. Reg.)
- Opinions ♦ Decisions ♦ Orders ♦ Rulings
Wisconsin Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters
Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
Wisconsin Law-Related Periodicals
Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Wisconsin law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.
- Wisconsin Law Journal (Wis. L.J.)
[Daily Reporter Publishing Co. (Wis.)]
- Wisconsin Law Review (Wis. L. Rev.)
- Wisconsin Lawyer (Wis. Law.)
[State Bar of Wis.]
Other Wisconsin Commentary
- Guide to Doing Business in Wisconsin. Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
Wisconsin Law-Related Topical Web Sites
- Wisconsin State Law Library — Links to Topical Sites
A long and well researched list of links to web sites providing law-related information on many topics, not only at the state level but also at national (federal) and international levels.
Wisconsin Court Information
See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
See also a list of links maintained by the Wisconsin State Law Library.
- Litigation Forms
- Transaction Forms
- Other Forms Collections
Other Wisconsin Resources
Consulate General of Canada in Chicago
Canadian consular services for Wisconsin residents.
Legal Research and Assistance
“Introduction to Legal Materials: A Manual for Non-Law Librarians in Wisconsin”
[Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin] — This is intended to serve as a guide for non-law librarians who are occasionally called upon to answer questions involving legal materials. It is a starting point and covers only the most basic materials used in federal and Wisconsin legal research. It takes into account the growing availability of legal information available online.
U.S. District Courts in Wisconsin
- Eastern District—Self-Representation Information
- Western District—Self-Representation Information
State Bar of Wisconsin Legal Questions
Answers to everyday legal questions along with other information about basic legal options, rights, and responsibilities (without citations to sources). Also defines common legal terms, lists sources for more information, and offers pointers on how to find and work with a lawyer.
Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Wisconsin Residents
[Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Wisconsin law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Wisconsin.
Low-Cost Legal Aid
See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
- Wisconsin Legal Help for the Poor
[Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
- Low Cost Legal Resources in Dane County
[Univ. of Wisconsin Law Library] — Resources are described in terms of the type of legal assistance offered, eligibility, and cost. Contact information is provided.
- WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help
[WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.
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