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Dane County Case Assignment System

Pursuant to Rotation Plan
August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2023

Criminal Division

Effective August 1, 2021, the following judges will be in the criminal division:

  • Nicholas McNamara - Branch 5
  • Mario White - Branch 7
  • Ellen Berz - Branch 11   (Veterans Court)
  • Chris Taylor - Branch 12
  • John Hyland - Branch 14
  • David Conway - Branch 17


Effective April 1, 2021, the random draw for criminal cases assigned to these judges will begin. Each judge will receive an equal number of cases, 16.6% of the draw, except the judge with Veterans Court responsibility will not be assigned Small Claims dates. Criminal division judges will not be assigned any new civil/family/probate filings but will retain pending and past cases. Pursuant to Circuit Court Rule 205, if any new case filed after April 1, 2021 has a defendant with a legal status from a prior case that may cause an appearance before a judge, and the judge who would normally be assigned is leaving the criminal division, the case will be assigned to the judge entering the division who is teamed with the outgoing judge for the purpose of calendar and schedule coordination instead of a random draw.

Hearings on cases assigned to judges entering the criminal division should only be scheduled prior to August 1, 2021 when absolutely necessary, such as pleas for "time-served" and bail hearings or when prearranged with your 'team' member. To the extent possible, judges leaving the division will complete cases prior to August 1, 2021. Overlap should be minimized.

To minimize attorney conflicts, scheduling of cases remaining with the judge leaving the division shall be coordinated with the scheduling of cases assigned to the judges remaining in or entering the division. The judges in each 'team' should not both schedule criminal matters on the same days for the period between April 1, 2021 and August 1, 2021.

          Judge Reynolds (Br. 2) will be paired with Judge Conway (Br. 17)

          Judge Genovese (Br. 13) will be paired with Judge White (Br. 7)

 

Civil Division


Effective August 1, 2021, the following judges will be in the civil division:

  • Josann Reynolds - Branch 2
  • Valerie Bailey-Rihn - Branch 3
  • Nia Trammell - Branch 6
  • Frank Remington  - Branch 8
  • Jacob Frost - Branch 9
  • Stephen Ehlke -  Branch 15
  • Rhonda Lanford - Branch 16 


Effective Wednesday, February 1, 2021, the draw for civil/family/probate cases assigned to these judges and the judges in the juvenile division will begin. Each civil division judge will be assigned 12.5% of new filings.  The Judge with presiding judge responsibilities will be assigned 9% of civil case.  Each juvenile division judge will be assigned 4% of new civil/family filings.

 

Juvenile Division


Effective August 1, 2019, the following judges will be in the juvenile division:

  • Susan Crawford - Branch 1  (OWI Court)
  • Everett Mitchell - Branch 4 (Drug Court)
  • Shelley Gaylord - Branch 6    
  • Julie Genovese - Branch 13


Effective June 1, 2021, the draw for juvenile cases assigned to these judges will begin. Each judge assigned to the juvenile court division shall draw 25% of the cases. Each judge shall also be assigned 4.25% of the civil/family/probate cases, with the following exceptions.  The judge with Drug Court resonsibilites will be assigned 3.25 of the civil/family/probate cases.  The judge with OWI Court responsibilites will not be assigned Small Claims dates.

A judge leaving the juvenile division (Judge Trammell/Br. 6) shall be assigned new cases through May 31, 2021 and shall make every attempt to complete all pending motions and petitions prior to August 1. Beginning June 1, 2021, any judge (Judge Genovese) entering the division shall be assigned new juvenile cases of any type.

During June and July 2021, a judge leaving the division will be assigned all petitions and motions involving a child already assigned to that judge if that judge has an active petition or motion that is not resolved. The judge will retain jurisdiction until that motion or petition is resolved. All petitions and motions filed in June and July 2021 involving a child not already assigned to a judge will be assigned through the normal, random juvenile draw. Any petitions filed on or after August 1, 2021 will be assigned through the normal, random juvenile draw pursuant to policies previously adopted.

In June 2021 Judge Genovese shall assume cases with juveniles previously assigned to Judge Trammell. Judges leaving the division will not retain jurisdiction in cases beyond disposition of a pending matter unless specifically approved by the Chief Judge.

To minimize attorney conflicts, scheduling of cases remaining with the judge leaving the division shall be coordinated with the scheduling of cases assigned to the judges entering the division. Judge Trammell/Br. 6 and Judge Genovese shall coordinate schedules. The judges in this 'team' should not both schedule juvenile matters on the same days for the period between June 1, 2021 and August 1, 2021 and should only schedule the type of juvenile cases permitted by the Master Calendar of the outgoing judge.