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U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

 

The United States Courts are an independent, national judiciary providing fair and impartial justice within the jurisdiction conferred by the Constitution and Congress. As an equal branch of government, the federal Judiciary preserves and enhances its core values as the courts meet changing national and local needs. The Western District of Wisconsin currently has one district judge, two senior district judges and one full-time magistrate judge. The clerk of court also serves as a part-time magistrate judge.

 

This page contains general information about the District Court.

 

Judges

Judicial Disclosures

Judicial Conduct and Disability

Jurisdiction

After Hours Filing

Electronics and Cameras in the Courtroom

Directions to the Courthouse

 

Judges

The Western District of Wisconsin currently has three District Judges and one full-time Magistrate Judge.  The Clerk of Court also serves as a part-time Magistrate Judge.
 

Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley

U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb

U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker

Clerk of Court/Magistrate Judge Peter Oppeneer

 

 

 

Judicial Disclosures

The Judicial Conference has adopted a seminar disclosure reporting policy that requires educational program providers and judges to disclose certain information relevant to judges' attendance at privately-funded educational programs.  This system is intended to assist program providers, courts and judges in making the necessary disclosures while providing public access to the information.

 

Any organization covered by the policy that issues an invitation to a federal judge to attend an educational program as a speaker, panelist or attendee and offers to pay for or reimburse the judge in excess of $305 must disclose financial and program information.  Click the link below to view qualifying educational seminars reported by the District Judges of the Western District of Wisconsin.

 

Report of Judges' Attendance at Seminars for the Western District of Wisconsin

 

 

 

Judicial Conduct and Disability

Congress has created a procedure, set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 372(c), that allows any person to file a complaint alleging judicial misconduct or disability.  Misconduct refers to conduct that interferes with the effective administration of the business of the courts, not the correctness of a particular ruling.  If you believe a judge made a wrong decision, even a very wrong decision, you may not use this procedure.   Instead, if you are a litigant, you must use the appeal process.  An attorney can explain your right to appeal.

 

Links to the complaint form and the rules governing judicial misconduct or disability are given below. A complaint must be supported by evidence sufficient to raise an inference of misconduct or disability.

 

Rules Governing Judicial Misconduct or Disability

Complaint Form

 

 

 

Jurisdiction

The Western District of Wisconsin is comprised of the following Wisconsin Counties:

Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo,Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Green, Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Lincoln, Marathon, Monroe, Oneida, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Richland, Rock, Rusk, Sauk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, Vilas, Washburn, and Wood.

 

 

After Hours Filing

Documents can be filed 24 hours/day through the court's electronic filing system.  A document that is posted to the system by 11:59 PM Central Time is considered filed on that day.  The court does not maintain after-hours support, but filers may direct any questions or concerns to the ECF Help Desk at wiwd_ecfhelp@wiwd.uscourts.gov

 

Operations staff will be available to assist you during regular business hours.

 

 

 

Electronics and Cameras in the Courtroom

The court does not allow the use of electronic devices in the public galleries without the express permission of the presiding judge.  Please turn off ALL electronic devices before entering the courtroom.

 

At its March 15, 2016 session, the Judicial Conference received the report of its Committee on Court Administration and Casement Management (CACM), which agreed not to recommend any changes to the Conference policy at that time. the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, in cooperation with the Judicial Conference authorized the three districts in the Ninth Circuit that participated in the cameras pilot (California Northern, Washington Western, and Guam) to continue the pilot program under the same terms and conditions to provide longer term data and information to CACM. The following is the current policy for cameras in trial courts:

 

A judge may authorize broadcasting, televising, recording, or taking photographs in the courtroom and in adjacent areas during investitive, naturalization, or other ceremonial proceedings. A judge may authorize such activities in the courtroom or adjacent areas during other proceedings, or recesses between such other proceedings, only:

 

1) for the presentation of evidence;
2) for the perpetuation of the record of the proceedings; 
3) for security purposes; 
4) for other purposes of judicial administration;  
5) for the photographing, recording, or broadcasting of appellate arguments; or 
6) in accordance with pilot programs approved by the Judicial Conference.

 

When broadcasting, televising, recording, or photographing in the courtroom or adjacent areas is permitted, a judge should ensure that it is done in a manner that will:

 

1) be consistent with the rights of the parties, 
2) not unduly distract participants in the proceeding, and
3) not otherwise interfere with the administration of justice.

   

Directions to the Courthouse

Directions to the U.S. District Court can be found here.  For information on winter travel, winter parking rules and snow removal in the City of Madison, see here.