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Court Announcements and News

Robert W. Kastenmeier, 1924-2015

March 25, 2015

 

Former U.S. Rep. Robert Kastenmeier, after whom the U.S. District Court in Madison is named, passed away on March 20 at the age of 91. During his 32 years in Congress, Rep. Kastenmeier sponsored the Magistrates Act of 1976 and 1979, the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982, which created the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990. More on the lasting impact of Rep. Kastenmeier can be found here.

Court E-mail Scam

March 3, 2015

 

The court has received reports of fraudulent e-mail messages that appear to come from court employees. Often, the sender demands payment or personal information, or directs the reader to open an attachment. The message may look like this:

 

Notice to Appear,

 

You are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for a hearing that will take place on [mm/dd/yyyy] at 9:00 a.m.  Please bring all documents and witnesses with you to court.

 

A copy of the court notice is attached.  Please read it thoroughly.

 

Assignment of Cases

December 11, 2014

 

The court has issued new administrative orders, 320 and 321, regarding the assignment of cases in the Western District of Wisconsin.  Order 320 establishes ratios for the assignment of cases to District Judges Crabb, Conley and Peterson and Magistrate Judge Crocker. Order 321 establishes general rules for assignment by the clerk's office.

Filing Documents Under Seal

August 25, 2014

 

The District Court has issued an Administrative Order containing general rules for filing documents under seal. A copy of the order is available here.

 

Any document filed under seal must be accompanied by a separately filed unsealed version that redacts only truly confidential information allowed by a prior protective order or supported in a contemporaneous motion to seal.

Judge Peterson Confirmed

May 14, 2014

 

The Western District of Wisconsin welcomes District Judge James D. Peterson.  Judge Peterson was confirmed by the Senate on May 8,   2014 and his commission was signed by President Barack Obama on May 13, 2014.  Previously, Peterson was head  of the intellectual property and litigation practice groups in the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

Judge Catherine Furay

March 12, 2014

 

On March 31, 2014, Judge Catherine Furay began a term as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Judge Furay replaces Chief Judge Robert Martin, who remains an active bankruptcy judge in Madison. Judge Furay will maintain her chambers in Eau Claire.

Appeal Fees, File Requests

December 1, 2013

 

The Judicial Conference has approved changes to the federal court fee schedule. On December 1, 2013, the appeal fee increased to $505 and the fee to retrieve boxed records from the National Archives and Records Administration increased to $64 for the first box and $39 for each additional box.

Use of Attorney Rooms for Trial

September 3, 2013

 

The court has recently changed its policy on the use of attorney rooms. The court will now randomly assign rooms to counsel for plaintiff and defendant on the Wednesday before trial.

 

Click here for more information

Notice of Fee Increase

May 1, 2013

 

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved a $50 administrative fee for new civil actions filed in the district court.  As a result the filing fee has increased from $350 to $400 effective May 1, 2013.

 

This fee does not apply to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 or to petitions for writs of habeas corpus, for which the fee remains $5.

Admission to Practice in the Western District of Wisconsin

March 8, 2013

 

The District Court has discontinued over-the-phone credit card payments and payment by check of the fee for admission to practice in this district.  Instead, attorneys seeking admission will be asked to pay the fee electronically.  For more information, please refer to the attorney admissions page on this website.

New e-Filing Requirements

January 20, 2013

 

The District Court has amended its rules for deposition transcripts and expert reports. Deposition transcripts must be filed in their entirety, and transcripts and expert reports must be filed as separate docket entries.

 

Filers are reminded that specific requirements related to these and other documents are contained in the Administrative Procedures.

 

Memorial Service for Judge Shabaz

November 27, 2012

 

A transcript of the November 15, 2012 Memorial Service for Judge Shabaz is available here.

 

A recording is available here.

 

Please Note: The recording is an MP3 file that requires a media player.  The file may take several minutes to download.

Statement by the Court Upon the Death of the Honorable John C. Shabaz

August 31, 2012

 

The entire court family is saddened by the news of Judge Shabaz's passing.  He left an indelible mark on this Court by his unwavering commitment to securing "the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding" that came before him, which was both his "Rule 1" and Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  No one worked harder than Judge Shabaz to regularly meet that standard and his presence and example will be missed, as will the Judge himself by his many friends and admirers.  Our sincere condolences go out to Patty and their children at this difficult time.

 

- Chief Judge William M. Conley

 

Notice to Customers Making Payments by Check

July 9, 2012

 

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize the court to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic funds transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.

 

PACER Fee Increase

May 21, 2012

 

On April 1, 2012 the fee to obtain documents from PACER increased from $.08 to $.10 per page. Click here for more information.

New CM/ECF Password Requirement

May 21, 2012

CM/ECF may prompt you to create a new, more secure password. Click here for more information.

Conference Approves Fee Increases

May 21, 2012

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved changes to the miscellaneous fee schedule for the federal courts. A number of district court fees have increased.

 

Click here to view the new fees.

Revision of Local Rule 1: Admission of Lawyers

May 21, 2012

The court has revised Local Rule 1 relating to attorney discipline and pro hac vice admissions.  Click here to view the local rules.

Updated Administrative Procedures for CM/ECF

May 21, 2012

Notice of Assignment to Magistrate Judge and Consent/Request for Reassignment

May 21, 2012

The procedure for consenting to or requesting reassignment from a magistrate judge has been updated.  Click here for more information.

New Administrative Order - Assignment of Cases

May 21, 2012

New Administrative Order - Rules for Filing Documents Under Seal

May 21, 2012