Circuit Court

Clerks of the Circuit Court are public officials elected to four year terms in countywide races. They are statutorily responsible for various record keeping functions of the courts. As custodians of the court records, clerks of circuit court play a significant role in the Wisconsin judicial system through the CCAP system (Consolidated Court Automation Program).

Custodian of the Record
Record keeping for the courts is governed by state statute and Wisconsin Supreme Court rule. These require that clerks maintain records of all documents filed with the courts, keep a record of court proceedings and collect various fees, fines and forfeitures ordered by the court or specified by statute. Clerks of circuit court, also, must establish and promote procedures for reasonable access to court records as well as maintain the confidentiality of records as set forth by statute and court order.

Jury Management
Management is also a responsibility of clerks of court. Automation in the courts has made the process of selecting and notifying and reimbursement as they serve much more efficient and has improved record keeping for jury management. Clerks work with the director of state courts and the Legislature to continue to improve jury management. The obligation of the jurors serving no more than one month of jury service in a four-year period, requires the process of selecting more frequently on a monthly basis.

Court Finances
Millions of dollars in fees, fines and forfeitures are paid through clerks offices annually. Financial software, designed through CCAP in accordance with accepted accounting principles assists clerks in the handling of the money.

Court Administration
As local court administrative personnel, clerks of court are at the center of an enormous variety of activities and work daily with many different people, law enforcement, the legal community, local, state and federal agencies, businesses and the general public, which depend on the office of the clerk of circuit court to solve a wide range of problems. Clerks of court provide an administrative link between the judiciary and the county courts so they run smoothly and efficiently. The administrative responsibilities at the court level involve budgeting, administering trial court resources, develop effective policies and procedures and maintaining competent staff.


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