The Dane County Circuit Court has published an Order Regarding Emergency Temporary Measures, in addition to supplemental orders, in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Please note that since the entry dates of these local emergency orders, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has entered a number of orders affecting court operations statewide, many of which supersede the local orders. You may review these orders of the Supreme Court at their website, https://www.wicourts.gov/, and then clicking on the COVID-19 tab at the top of the page.
Note also that the effective dates of the orders may be modified depending upon the evolving circumstances regarding the spread of the virus.
Cases will proceed as currently scheduled unless otherwise notified by the Court.
Effective Friday March 20th 2020, the Clerk of Courts' Office has suspended in-person customer service at our first and second floor counters as a further precaution to mitigate the community spread of the COVID-19 virus. This will continue until further notice; no date has yet been set to resume in-person customer service. See "Public Notice Regarding Paper Filings" below.
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Clerk of Circuit Court and Register in Probate
Welcome to the Clerk of Courts Website. In this website you will find information on legal proceedings and programs, judges, the courthouse, fines and more. Use the drop down menus at the top or the quick links below to navigate the site.
The Clerk of Courts office handles all of the events and information for the Dane County Courthouse. A list of court employees is also available on our contact us page.
We may be reached by phone at (608) 266-4311.
Please have your case number or citation number ready.
Our phone hours are:
Monday through Friday, 7:45 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Callers will be connected to a Customer Service Rep, who will answer questions or forward you on to appropriate court staff. COURT STAFF CANNOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. The calls are answered in the order in which they are received, therefore, you may experience longer hold times while we assist other callers.
Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) take approximately 30 minutes to process. Please plan on arriving no later than 4:00 PM to ensure same-day issuance.
Effective Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 weapon screeners will no longer hold on to prohibited items brought in the courthouse. Those entering the courthouse with a prohibited item will be asked to remove the item from the courthouse prior to conducting business inside the building.
An example of a prohibited item in the courthouse is any of the following:
Guns, knives, ammunition, facsimile weapons, explosives, Taser, martial arts weapons, baton, pepper spray, brass knuckles, needle-nose pliers, screw drivers, drill bits, wrenches, construction nails, box cutter, nail punch, chisel, putty knife, hammer, bike tools, sharp kitchen utensils, skateboard, bicycle, metal darts, scissors, drugs (other than your prescription), and alcohol.
This list is not all inclusive. Weapon screeners may use discretion to disallow any other item into the courthouse that is believed could be a safety and security issue.
For weather related building closures, please check the "Weather Information" tab at www.wicourts.gov.