Welcome to the Western District of Wisconsin


On April 25, 2022, the Western District of Wisconsin will upgrade its electronic filing system to NextGen ECF.  To access NextGen, you will use your PACER account credentials - the same login and password that you use to file in other NextGen courts. This feature is known as "Central Sign-On."

However, before you can use NextGen, you must take certain steps to upgrade your PACER account and link your PACER account to your existing CM/ECF account. Please click here for more information, including instructions to upgrade and link your PACER account.

Court Information

Chief U.S. District Judge
James D. Peterson

U.S. District Judge
William M. Conley

U.S. District Judge
Barbara B. Crabb

U.S. Magistrate Judge
Stephen L. Crocker

Clerk of Court
Joel Turner

United States District Court
120 N. Henry St., Rm. 320
Madison, WI 53703
Phone:  608-264-5156
Fax:  608-264-5925

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ECF Help Desk:
866-241-7123 or

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

News & Announcements

Wed, 04/27/2022
On Thursday, May 5, 2022, Joel W. Turner was sworn in as the Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Turner fills the vacancy created by the retirement of former Clerk Peter Oppeneer. More »
Wed, 04/20/2022
In preparation for a planned upgrade to NextGen CM/ECF, the District Court wil stop processing applications for ECF registration on Thursday, April 21, 2022. The court will begin the upgrade on Friday, April 22. More »
Tue, 04/05/2022
The U.S. District Court is seeking a Financial and Procurement Specialist to work in the clerk's office in Madison, Wisconsin. More »
Tue, 03/01/2022
In-person hearings have resumed, effective March 1, 2022. A related administrative order is available here. More »

Pro Bono Honor Roll

The attorneys listed below are recognized for their service in representing indigent plaintiffs in 2019-2021.  Please see the complete list of attorneys recognized for their contribution.

  • Tomislav Kuzmanovic
  • Andrew Trevino
  • Mollie Kugler
  • Skye Parr
  • Catarina Colón
  • Thomas Heneghan
  • Trevor Brown
  • JoLynn Markison
  • Mriana Al’Taqatqa
  • Anabel Cassady
  • Jacob Harris
  • Paul Cranley
  • Caitlin M. Madden
  • Vanessa Kuettel
  • Jeff Scott Olson
  • Lonnie Story
  • Lonnie Story
  • Debbie Machalow
  • Mark Hancock
  • Stephen J. Eisenberg
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