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Wisconsin Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    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collection contains briefs for all published Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals published cases and all unpublished Court of Appeals cases beginning approximately November 1992 and ending approximately July 2009 (173 Wis. 2d to 317 Wis. 2d).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.
  1. Constitution (Wis. Const.)
    This version of the Wisconsin Constitution contains annotation links to 1995-and-newer Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions. Click on the underscored docket number following a case citation to open the case report, in PDF format, on the court system website.
  2. Bills

    Bills are in a Folio Infobase®. See also the Wisconsin Legislature web site.
  3. Laws of Wisconsin (Wis. Laws)

    Session laws before 1995 are in HTML files with no separate text-search function. Session laws after 1994 are in Folio Infobases® that can be text-searched.
  4. Additional Resources
    ¶ “Researching Legislative History in Wisconsin … [Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau] —
    ¶ 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.

  5. Wisconsin Statutes (Wis. Stat.)
    This version of the Wisconsin Statutes contains annotation links to 1995-and-newer Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions. Click on the underscored docket number following a case citation to open the case report, in PDF format, on the court system website. See also uniform laws.
  6. Additional Resources
    ¶ 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

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
  2. Additional Resources
    Supreme Court Rules … [Wisconsin Legislature]

  3. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules


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.
  1. Regulations
    1. Wisconsin Administrative Code (Wis. Admin. Code)
    2. Wisconsin Administrative Register (Wis. Admin. Reg.)

    Additional Resources

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. Wis. Att’y Gen.)


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:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      See also a collection of links at the Wisconsin State Law Library web site.
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      See also a collection of links at the Wisconsin State Law Library web site.

      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    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.

    1. Wisconsin Law Journal (Wis. L.J.) … [Daily Reporter Publishing Co. (Wis.)]
    2. Wisconsin Law Review (Wis. L. Rev.)
    3. Wisconsin Lawyer (Wis. Law.) … [State Bar of Wis.]


    Other Wisconsin Commentary

    1. Guide to Doing Business in Wisconsin. Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. … [Lex Mundi]


    Wisconsin Law-Related Topical Web Sites

    1. 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, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites


    Wisconsin Forms

    See also a list of links maintained by the Wisconsin State Law Library.

    1. Litigation Forms
    2. Circuit Courts: Mandatory Statewide Forms
    3. Transaction Forms
    4. Revenue Department: Tax Forms and Publications
    5. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.
    6. Other Forms Collections
    7. State Bar of Wisconsin: Assorted Forms … Unofficial forms in various categories: miscellaneous agreements; bankruptcy forms; collections forms; corporation and partnership forms; divorce forms; estate planning and probate forms; financial forms; foreclosure forms; municipal forms.


    Other Wisconsin Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also links on the Wisconsin state government web site and the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations
    4. Local Bar Associations
    5. National Federation of Paralegal Associations … Links to websites of member associations.

    6. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    7. Consulate General of Canada in Chicago … Canadian consular services for Wisconsin residents.


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. 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.

    3. U.S. District Courts in Wisconsin
      1. Eastern District—Self-Representation Information
      2. Answers to Pro Se Litigants’ Common Questions
      3. Answers to Prisoner Litigants’ Common Questions
      4. Habeas Corpus: Answers to State Petitioners’ Common Questions
      5. Western District—Self-Representation Information

    4. 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.
      Attorneys & Courts: 
      Other Matters: 

    5. 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.

    6. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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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