Waukesha County

Subpoena Guide

A Subpoena is a court order that can require:

 The other party in your case, or
 Any other person you feel has information important to the case (witness)

Do any of the following things:

 Appear and testify in a court proceeding, or
 Send or take particular documents, books, records or other evidence in their possession to court.

In addition to any fees you may incur by having the other party or a witness served, you must pay a witness (not the other party) $16.00 per day (whether for 8 minutes or 8 hours) plus $.20 for each mile they have to travel from their home to the place you are requesting their appearance (courthouse). If the witness is traveling from outside Wisconsin, mileage begins from the point they cross the state line. It is your responsibility to calculate the fees. The fees are paid to the witness at the time of service.

Procedural Checklist

  1. Complete the Subpoena and Certificate of Appearance form according to the instructions in the next section.
  2. Come to the Family Division Office between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, to have your form reviewed for completeness.
  3. Go to the Customer Service window of the Family Division Office to obtain the Issuing Official’s signature and date.
  4. Make at least two (2) additional copies. You can make your own copies in the Family Division Office for $.25 per page on the coin-operated copier. Please bring cash as it accepts $1, $5, $10 bills and coins only.
  5. Make arrangements to have a copy (not the original) personally served on the other party(s) or witness. Do not forget to include the fee/payment to the witness. For more information about how to have the other party served, you should review the Service Packet available at http://www.courtshelfhelp.waukeshacounty.gov or you may purchase this packet in the Family Division Office.
    Deadline: The person you are having subpoenaed must be served with the forms no later than ten (10) business days before the date of the hearing.
  6. The person serving the Subpoena on the other party or witness must complete the “Service Information” section on the original and all copies of the Subpoena form.
  7. After you have served the other party(s) and/or the witness(s) you MUST file the original Subpoena form in the Family Division Office as soon as possible.
  8. If you subpoenaed an individual who is NOT the other party in the action, you must also send a copy of the Subpoena to the other party in the action.

Line-By-Line Form Instructions

  1. Write the name of the County in which you are appearing for court.
  2. Case Caption: Write the names of the parties in the same order they appeared at the time of the final judgment. Once the petitioner always the petitioner. For example,
    Jane A. Doe
    vs
    John H. Doe
    Enter your case number from your original Divorce or Paternity.

  3. Below the ► write the name and address of the person you are subpoenaing.
  4. The Service Information box must be completed by the agency or person you are having serve the subpoena.
  5. Appearance Information:
    • Write in your court date, time, and location (including room number). Insert the following for location:
      Waukesha County Courthouse, Rm.____
      515 W. Moreland Blvd.
      Waukesha, WI 53188
    • Write the name of the court official who is scheduled to hear the case.
    • Write your name on the bottom line. You are the person on whose behalf they are appearing.
    • Write in the type of proceeding (Ex: motion hearing, divorce trial, review hearing, etc).
  6. Mark an X in the first box if you want the person to bring items with him/her to court. List below the specific items he/she must bring to court.
  7. Mark an X in the second box if you are subpoenaing someone who is not a party to the action.
  8. Write in your name, title, telephone number, and address so that the witness may contact you with questions.

Waukesha County

Clerk of Circuit Court

Clerk of Court: Gina M. Colletti


Phone:262-970-6676

Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Waukesha County Courthouse
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188

Contact Family Division

The Family Division Office is available to the public for conducting business as indicated below. 

In person:

Office Hours: Monday - Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Waukesha County Courthouse
Family Division, Room C-153
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188

Family Court Self-Help Center

By Mail:

Waukesha County Courthouse
Family Division, Room C-153
PO Box 1627
Waukesha, WI 53187-1627

Envelopes should be addressed to the assigned Court Official, if known

By Phone:

Family Court Information Line 262-548-7544

By Fax:

262-896-8364 **See Local Rule 1.6 (1) Below**

1.6 Facsimile Transmission of Documents to the Court

(1) Any such document may not exceed fifteen (15) pages in length, excluding cover sheet. A charge of $3.00 per page above the limit will be assessed unless prior waiver of the limit is obtained from the court