Court Services

Updated: 1/31/2014 03:02:53 PM

COURT SERVICES

 Captain Jeff Smidt
 Division Commander
(262) 548-7718

Lieutenant Brian Bortmess
(262) 548-7720  

Nineteen deputies are assigned to the Court Services Division. Seventeen of these deputies’s primary assignment is that of bailiff. The “Sheriff” of each county is required by statue to attend the circuit courts. The primary assignment of the deputy sheriffs assigned as bailiffs is to provide security to the twelve circuit courts and five-court commissioner and to transport prisoners to and from the courts when needed. When the courts are not in session, the bailiffs provide security to the Government Center, serve civil process and warrants and assist the patrol division when needed.

There were a total of 7043 Civil process delivered by the Sheriff’s Department in 2007. This task is now performed mainly by the patrol division with the assistance of one deputy sheriff assigned to civil process who handles the more complex civil actions.

The Sheriff’s Department is an active partner in working with the Department of Administration and the Circuit Courts to develop and enhance security procedures for Waukesha County. An example of this cooperation is the security-screening station and controlled access program now operational at the Courthouse and Administrative Center.

The Court Services Division also has one deputy assigned to the service of warrants issued by the Circuit Courts. This deputy works with clerical staff, the courts, district attorneys office, and other law enforcement agencies to make sure that all the warrants coming from the Courts are served in a timely fashion.