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Welcome to the Waukesha County Circuit Courts web site. The Judges, Clerk of Circuit Court, and staff in the Waukesha County court system are committed to providing a fair and efficient system of justice that is worthy of the trust and confidence of the public.

**Effective July 2018 - the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department will hold sheriff sales on the second and fourth Wednesday morning of every month, at 10:00 am in the Sheriff's Department lobby.  Additionally, with the passage of 2017 Wisconsin Act 104 in December 2017, there are some legislative changes which can be found here.

**Effective July 1, 2016 - New Wisconsin Rules regarding: Protected Information and Mandatory eFiling. Important changes to some Family and Civil forms. For further information see http://www.wicourts.gov. 

**Effective November 15, 2016 - Waukesha County is a mandatory eFiling county. Please see the eFiling link below for more information.

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This report analyzes the performance of our jury system in several key areas as required by Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules, and provides key stakeholde...

2017 Jury Report Available

The Waukesha County 2017 Annual Jury Program Report is now available.

This report analyzes the performance of our jury system in several key areas as required by Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules, and provides key stakeholders with an overview of the operations of this vital program.  In addition to program related information and statistics, this report includes a summary of juror exit surveys and a sampling of juror comments which are used for the purpose of improving this program.  The report closes with 2017 accomplishments and 2018 jury program initiatives.  

2018 Judicial Rotation

Judicial rotation will occur August 1, 2018. The changes are as follows:

Circuit Court Judge Current Division New Division Courtroom
 Michael O. Bohren  Family   Civil   C278
 Lee S. Dreyfus, Jr.  Criminal/Traffic  Family   C187
Laura F. Lau     Criminal/Traffic   C121

The full rotation order can be found here.

Other Changes

When sending mail to those judges who are rotating in July, please note on the front of the envelope, the division for which the mail is intended.

Please take special note that the current phone numbers for the Deputy Clerks and Calendar Clerks for the above judiciary will remain the same, despite the fact that they are rotating to a new Circuit Court Division.

WCCA Website Updates: 3/30/18

The WCCA website was be updated on March 30, 2018 with changes to case display and the display of criminal charge modifier information:

Display period changes
  1. Criminal felony and misdemeanor cases on which all charges have a disposition of dismissed or acquitted will display on WCCA for 2 years after entry of the final order on the case.
  2. Small claims cases with stipulated dismissals will display on WCCA for 2 years after the final order on the case.
  3. Injunctions under Wis. Stat. Chapter 813 for domestic abuse, child abuse, individual at risk, and harassment, which result in a dismissal or a denial will display for 2 years after entry of the final order.
Modifier placement changes
  1. Criminal charge modifiers will be displayed on the executive summary of each case. When the "Attempt" modifier is used, the word "Attempted" will precede the charge description. For example, the current executive summary charge description "Danielle J Defendant was found guilty of Armed Robbery, a class C felony, ..." will be revised to read "Danielle J Defendant was found guilty of Attempted Armed Robbery, a class C felony, ..." All other modifiers will be placed on their own lines, beneath the call-out heading "Modifiers."
  2. Criminal charge modifiers will also be clearly visible within the case summary, existing beneath the applicable charge, on an indented line labeled "Modifiers". Currently, the case summary doesn't display modifiers.

For help on how to use the WCCA website, please click here.

Waukesha County Judges Unanimously Select Paul Nowakowski as the New Register in Probate

Waukesha, WI - Attorney Paul Nowakowski has been appointed by Chief Judge Jennifer Dorow as the Waukesha County Register in Probate and will start on April 2nd.  Please view this order for more details.

Waukesha County Judges Unanimously Select Gina Colletti as the New Clerk of Court

Waukesha, WI - Gina Colletti, of Waukesha, was announced today as the unanimous selection of the Waukesha County Circuit Court Judges to be the next Clerk of Court.

“I am confident that Gina’s background and experience – particularly her work within the electronic filing system of the federal court – will be a tremendous asset to our Clerk of Court office,” said Chief Judge Jennifer Dorow.

Ms. Colletti will fill the remainder of Kathy Madden’s term which expires January 6, 2019. Madden resigned as Clerk of Courts to pursue other opportunities outside the State of Wisconsin. To retain the position, Ms. Colletti will need to run for election in the partisan November 6, 2018 election with a primary on August 14, 2018, if necessary.

Ms. Colletti brings a strong background of court processing and case management. She served most recently as a Case Administrator, Courtroom Deputy, and Judicial Assistant in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Prior to that, she served as a Legal Assistant to Attorney Seth Dizard at O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong and Laing, S.C. She was an integral part of Atty. Dizard’s state court receivership program. She also served for five years as a Trustee Assistant to a Chapter 7 Trustee in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Ms. Colletti has a background in management and training from several years in retail as well. Ms. Colletti has a Bachelor of Science from Marquette University and a Paralegal Certificate from Milwaukee Area Technical College.

“I am excited about this opportunity,” said Colletti. “Waukesha County has a strong tradition of outstanding court services delivered within a framework of good stewardship of taxpayer resources. I expect to continue that fine tradition,” she stated.

Ms. Colletti starts her position on March 5, 2018.

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