The Clerk of Circuit Court provides services in four separate buildings in Milwaukee County including the Milwaukee County Courthouse, the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center located in Wauwatosa, the Safety Building and the Criminal Justice Facility. To handle the day-to-day responsibilities, the Clerk of Circuit Court has a workforce of nearly 300 employees and an annual operating budget of $42 million. The office processes over 150,000 case files per year.
The mission of Combined Court Related Operations is to ensure public safety by providing judges, attorneys, persons proceeding without an attorney, and all other persons involved in Circuit Court proceedings or other functions of the Circuit Court with courteous, proficient, and professional services which facilitate the operations of the Circuit Court System.
John Barrett is the elected Clerk of Circuit Court/Director of Court Services/Register in Probate for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, first elected to the position in 1998. In that capacity he provides all administrative, clerical and record keeping functions for 47 judges and 22 court commissioners within the First Judicial District of Wisconsin.