Posts Tagged ‘Court Watch’

Legislature Mulls Change to Chief Justice Selection

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

The Wisconsin legislature is considering two proposals that would change the way the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is selected.

Assembly Joint Resolution 67 and Senate Joint Resolution 57 direct the justices on the high court to elect their chief justice for a two-year term. The proposal limits justices to three consecutive two-year terms. (more…)

State Bar Supports Judicial Term Limit

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

The State Bar of Wisconsin is advocating for a change in how members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court are elected. While current law allows members of the high court to run for an unlimited number of 10 year terms, the governing board of the Bar recently decided it would prefer justices only serve one term of 16 years.


Abrahamson Delivers State of the Judiciary Address

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson delivered the annual State of the Judiciary Address at the Wisconsin Judicial Conference on November 6. Her remarks, titled “Back to the Future,” focused on effort to improve the judiciary by applying cutting-edge innovation to evidence-based lessons learned in the past. Abrahamson focused specifically on judicial selection and recusal, touched on the financial challenges the courts face, and detailed new criminal and family initiatives. (more…)

Latest News from Wisconsin’s Courts

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

The Summer 2013 edition of The Third Branch, a quarterly publication of the Director of State Courts Office, is now available. The newsletter includes a court-centric perspective on the legislature’s fall floor period.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Back in Session

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The end of summer means two things for the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council – the beginning of the fall legislative floor period and the start of a new Wisconsin Supreme Court session. WCJC is poised for another successful legislative session, and is working closely with the Great Lakes Legal Foundation to monitor and report on Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court arguments and decisions of importance to Wisconsin’s business community(more…)

Supreme Court Decides Insurance Company Is Not Liable for Physical Assault that Occurred at Underage Drinking Party

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, July 12, 2013 held that an insurance company had no duty to defend and indemnify an owner of property who hosted an underage drinking party because there was no “accident” and therefore no “occurrence” under the insurance policy. The case is Schinner v. Gundrum, 2013 WI 73. (more…)

Supreme Court Race Heats Up

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

On April 2, incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack will face Marquette Law professor Ed Fallone for her chance to win another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. While it may not ignite the same political passions as the 2011 Prosser-Kloppenburg race, the 2013 contest is critical to determining the balance of power on the high court. (more…)

Roggensack, Fallone Win Supreme Court Primary

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

On April 2, incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack will face Marquette Law professor Ed Fallone for her chance to win another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. According to unofficial results from the Associated Press, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Roggensack received 64 percent of the primary vote and Fallone, 30 percent, to lemon law attorney Vince Megna’s 6 percent. (more…)

Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary is Tomorrow, February 19

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The primary election for the seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court currently held by Justice Patience Roggensack is tomorrow , Tuesday, February 19. Joining Justice Roggensack in the primary election is Marquette Law Professor Ed Fallone and trial attorney, Vince Megna.

Justice Roggensack recently received the highest rating in WCJC’s 2013 Guide to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Evaluation. Over the last four terms (spanning four years), Justice Roggensack has an 83 percent approval rating.

The top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary will advance to the general election on April 2, 2013. For more information about the race, visit WMC’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Resource Center.

2013 Wisconsin Supreme Court Guide and Judicial Evaluation

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council’s 2013 Guide to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Evaluation, which highlights the most important business decisions issued by the court over the past two years, is now available.