The Wisconsin Supreme Court will be hearing testimony in the fall or winter on four petitions.
The justices voted June 21 at its last open rules conference of the term to schedule public hearings next term for the following five proposals for rules changes:
Also at the meeting, the justices voted to make some tweaks to the judicial education rules for municipal judges.
The current rules require newly elected municipal judges to attend the earliest orientation institute following their election and earn at least four education credits at an orientation, review or graduate institute in each 365-day period after their term begins unless they hold office for less than five months during a calendar year.
The changes proposed by the Office of Judicial Education would add that the rule applies to appointed municipal judges, require those judges to start judicial education in their first year in offices and to make the judicial education calendar for municipal judges consistent with the calendar year.
The justices chose to forgo a public hearing on the matter because it was technical tweak to the rules and voted to approve the changes, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2018.