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Court Announcements and News

Redistricting Order

November 22, 2016


A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has issued an Opinion and Order in case number 15-cv-421-bbc, William Whitford et al. v. Beverly R. Gill  et al. A copy of the opinion and order is available here.

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

November 10, 2016


The District Court, Bankruptcy Court, and Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the Western District of Wisconsin will be closed on Friday, November 25, 2016.  For purposes of time computation pursuant to Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and any other applicable Federal Rules governing the computation of time for filing with the Clerk of the District Court or Bankruptcy Court, the time periods during which the courts are closed will be considered "legal holidays."

Notice of Fee Increase

October 26, 2016


The Judicial Conference of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has approved changes to the miscellaneous fee schedule for the District Court.  As of December 1, 2016, the following fees are changing as noted below.  Please be certain to check the fee schedule prior to submitting any payment to the Clerk's Office.


Attorney Lookup

September 14, 2016


Attorneys can now check the date of their admission to practice in the Western District of Wisconsin by using the attorney lookup feature in ECF.

Court E-mail Scam

June 3, 2016


The court has received reports of fraudulent e-mail messages and telephone calls 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.


Updated Fee Schedule

June 1, 2016

As of June 1, 2016, the miscellaneous fee schedule has been reorganized and updated. In particular, there is now a cost associated when requesting documents from the FRC via email through the Clerk's Office, and the fee for a transcript of judgment is the same as seeking a document certification.  Please see the Court's Fee Schedule for specifics. 

eVoucher for CJA Attorneys

May 18, 2016


The Western District of Wisconsin has adopted an online system for reimbursement under the Criminal Justice Act. eVoucher is a web-based, paperless application to electronically process payments to attorneys and experts.


Please visit the eVoucher page for more information.

Assignment of Cases

October 19, 2015


The District Court has issued a new administrative order 322 regarding the assignment of cases in the Western District of Wisconsin.  Order 322 establishes general rules for assignment by the clerk's office.

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.

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.

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