Dane County Case Assignment System

Pursuant to Rotation Plan
August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2019


Criminal Division


Effective August 1, 2017, the following judges will be in the criminal division:


Effective April 1, 2017, 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. Criminal division judges will not be assigned any new civil/family/probate filings but will retain pending and past cases. Pursuantto Circuit Court Rule 205, if any new case filed after April 1, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017. 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. Judge Ehlke will be paired with Judge Hyland. Judge Reynolds should be paired with Judge Markson. The judges in each 'team' should not both schedule criminal matters on the same days for the period between April 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017.


Civil Division


Effective August 1, 2017, the following judges will be in the civil division:

 


Effective Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 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, except that the judges with Drug Court and Veterans Court responsibilities will receive 9% of new filings. Each juvenile division judge will be assigned 4% of new civil/family filings.


Juvenile Division


Effective August 1, 2017, the following judges will be in the juvenile division:


Effective June 1, 2017, 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% of the civil/family/probate cases.

A judge leaving the juvenile division (Judge Hyland) shall be assigned new cases through May 31, 2017 and shall make every attempt to complete all pending motions and petitions prior to August 1. Beginning June 1, 2017, any judge entering the division shall be assigned new juvenile cases of any type.

During June and July 2017, 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 2017 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, 2017 will be assigned through the normal, random juvenile draw pursuant to policies previously adopted.

In June 2017 Judge Colas shall assume cases with juveniles previously assigned to Judge Hyland. 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 Colas and Judge Hyland shall coordinate schedules. The judges in this 'team' should not both schedule juvenile matters on the same days for the period between June 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017 and should only schedule the type of juvenile cases permitted by the Master Calendar of the outgoing judge.