Milwaukee County Courts

Milwaukee County Circuit Court

First Judicial District

It's important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Find out more about COVID-19 and our ongoing response.

Request Court Case Records

To request court case records, complete a request form, save it to your computer, then email it to:


The Safety Building will reopen on Monday, June 22. We are also expanding in-person office hours to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Extends Cancellations, Procedural Changes Due to COVID-19 Precautions

March 23, 2020

On March 22, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two Administrative Orders: one postponing all civil and criminal jury trials statewide through May 22, 2020, and the second stating that, subject to certain exceptions, all proceedings in the courts of this state are to be conducted via remote audio-video technology if practicable.


Press Release        Full Order and Operational Plan       Emergency Procedures for Building Access      


En Referencia A Medidas Provisionales De Emergencia      



No jurors needed until June 15, 2020;
In-person public office hours limited to 12 noon to 2 p.m. per Clerk of Circuit Court due to COVID-19 precautions

On March 22, 2020, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued an order suspending all jury trials and most in-person court proceedings until May 22, 2020, due to the COVID-19 emergency in Wisconsin and throughout the country. This means all jurors summoned for jury duty will not have to serve during this time period. They will have been considered to have satisfied their jury duty requirement for four years, according to Clerk of Circuit Court John Barrett. Further, the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court is reducing office hours to 12 noon to 2 p.m. daily to accept in-person filings effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020. These hours will continue until May 22, 2020, unless ordered otherwise by the Supreme Court or Chief Judge Mary E. Triggiano. All in-person contacts with the office will be conducted in Room 104 of the Courthouse or Room 1530 of the Vel Phillips Juvenile and Family Justice Center on Watertown Plank Road. The criminal division office in the Safety Building will be closed to the public during this time and individuals will need to go to Room 104 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse to conduct business with the Criminal Division. The electronic filing system remains fully functional 24 hours per day.




  This means all jurors summoned for jury duty will not have to serve during this time period. Those summoned will be considered to have satisfied their jury duty requirement for four years. 

If you have been summoned after July 15th 2020, we strongly encourage you to submit your questionnaires at: You will need to enter the county, your Juror ID Number (found at the top of your summons and on your questionnaire), your last name and date of birth. You may also change your dates of service one time at: Any questions jurors may have in regard to your jury service, email: Thank you for your service to Milwaukee County Jury Management.

The severity of the risk posed to the public, and recommendations by public health officials, has created this necessity. General courts inquiries should be directed to (414) 278-4190

For all Children's Court inquiries call (414) 257-7700.

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Judicial Districts

The state's 72 counties are grouped into nine judicial administrative districts. Milwaukee County is the First Judicial District. In each district there is a Chief Judge appointed by the Supreme Court and Deputy Chief Judge(s) appointed by the Chief Judge. The Chief Judge, who may serve up to three consecutive two-year terms, supervises and directs the administration of the district.

A professional District Court Administrator and a District Administrative Assistant, both employees of the Director of State Courts and permanently located in the district, assist the Chief Judge.


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Record Requests

Records from civil cases are available online, by completing the Records Request form, or in-person at the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court's Civil Records Center in room G-9 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Case Search

Find your case using Wisconsin Circuit Court Access.

Fee Waiver Application

This affidavit is to be completed by an individual seeking to waive fees and costs in commencing, prosecuting or defending any matter in any circuit court. (Forms CV-438 or CV-440 are to be used for prisoners seeking to commence an action or special proceeding without prepayment of filing fees, costs or security for costs.)

Complete the form, sign it in front of a notary public, and take it and proof of your eligibility (including proof of benefits currently being received, or the most recent month's worth of pay stubs/proof of income) to Room 609 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Once approved, this waiver is good for 30 days.

CV-410A Petition and Waiver of Fees/Costs, Affidavit of Indigency and Order


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Milwaukee County Law Library

The Milwaukee County Law Library (MCLL) is a public law library operated by the Wisconsin State Law Library under a contract with Milwaukee County.

The mission of the Milwaukee County Law Library is to serve the legal information needs of Milwaukee County government, judges, attorneys and the public by providing the highest quality of professional expertise in the selection, maintenance, and use of materials, information and technology to facilitate equal access to the law.

The library's collection contains Wisconsin primary legal materials, as well as State Bar of Wisconsin CLE practice books and other secondary legal materials. The library also has a limited amount of federal materials, including the United States Code Service, Milwaukee City ordinances, general reference books and some titles aimed at the non-lawyer. The library offers three public access computers with free access to the Internet, Westlaw and the Wisconsin State Law Library catalog (including MCLL titles). Family law forms for Milwaukee County self-represented (pro se) litigants are available at the MCLL for a fee. Staff members of the MCLL are not attorneys and cannot assist with filling out pro se legal forms. Visit the Milwaukee Justice Center for assistance completing forms.

Borrowing privileges are available to court staff, licensed attorneys, federal, state, county, and city government agency employees. Library cards obtained at the MCLL can also be used at the Wisconsin State Law Library. Books from the Wisconsin State Law Library may be shipped to the MCLL free of charge.

Photocopies and computer printouts are available at a cost of $.25 per page.

Library Associate: Jamie Neuendorf 

Phone: (414) 278-4900

Fax: (414) 223-1818

Libary is located:
Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N 9th St., Room G-8
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Interpreter & ADA Services

Under current law, if a court determines that a person has limited English proficiency and that an interpreter is necessary, the court must advise the person that he or she has the right to a qualified interpreter at public expense in any type of case (criminal and civil).

Additionally, the court may authorize the use of interpreters in the following circumstances: (a) if a person with limited English proficiency requests assistance of the clerk of circuit courts regarding a legal proceeding, the clerk may provide the assistance of a qualified interpreter to respond to the person's inquiry; and (b) with approval of the court, interpreter services outside the courtroom that are related to the court proceedings, including court-ordered psychiatric or medical exams or mediation. The court may accept a waiver of the right to a qualified interpreter from a person with limited English proficiency at any point in a court proceeding, if the court advises the person of the nature and effect of the waiver, and determines on the record that the waiver has been made knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily.

Interpreter Request Form

ADA Accommodation Form


901 North 9th Street, Room 104
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 278-5362

Office hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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