First Steps Toward Electronic Filing in Wisconsin State Appellate Courts

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Last week the Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously approved two petitions, one by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals (08-15) and one by the Clerk of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (08-18), to require filing of an electronic copy of briefs and petitions for review.  The State Bar reports that the court rejected a portion of the proposed rule that would have barred the public from accessing the electronic filings.  Instead, the court determined that electronic copies of filed documents should be made accessible to the public as soon as possible.  The only exception will be for appendices; filing of electronic copies of appendices will be optional, not mandatory, and the scanned appendices will not be made accessible to the public.  The Bar further reports, “Although both petitions seek an effective date of July 1, 2009, for the proposed rules, it is expected that the system will be up and running before then, and the petitioners hope lawyers will begin using the system on a voluntary basis early in 2009.”

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