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Assembly passes bill to clarify courts’ jurisdiction in abuse cases

A bill passed Thursday by the state Assembly would give Wisconsin courts jurisdiction over restraining orders or injunctions in cases of domestic, child and adult abuse, regardless of whether the alleged instances occurred in state or elsewhere.

Assembly Bill 10 also would give Wisconsin courts jurisdiction over people in other states in a variety of specific circumstances involving abuse cases. The courts would have jurisdiction, for instance, if someone outside Wisconsin made threats against residents or their families while they lived in Wisconsin.

The courts also would have jurisdiction over someone whose threats resulted in Wisconsin residents’ seeking the state’s protection.

For Assembly Bill 10 to become law, it still must be passed by the state Senate and signed by Gov. Scott Walker.


About Dan Shaw, dshaw@wislawjournal.com

Dan Shaw is the managing editor at the Wisconsin Law Journal. He can be reached at dshaw@wislawjournal.com or at 414-225-1807.

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