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Chief justice establishes statewide COVID-19 courts task force (UPDATE)

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack has established a statewide COVID-19 courts task force to recommend how the courts can safely continue jury trials and other court proceedings.

The Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force will bring together participants from across the state to develop criteria meant to promote safe dealings in all courts and court proceedings. Circuit courts will then devise up their own written plans that apply the criteria to their specific sites and county resources.

The task force’s first meeting is on Wednesday. Roggensack said the members of the task force include judges, medical consultants from UW Medical School, clerks of circuit court, county corporation counsel, district attorneys, public defenders and county sheriffs. The complete membership list is as follows:

  • Diane Fremgen, Chair
    Deputy Director for Court Operations
  • Ann Olson, Staff
    Policy Analyst, Office of Court Operations
  • Chief Justice Patience Roggensack
    Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Kitty Brennan
    Retired Court of Appeals Judge
  • Patrick Brummond
    District Court Administrator, LaCrosse County
  • John DiMotto
    Retired Milwaukee County Judge
  • Guy Dutcher
    Waushara County Judge
  • Carlo Esqueda
    Dane County Circuit Court Clerk
  • Dr. Robert Golden, Consultant
    UW Medical School Dean
  • Tim Gruenke
    District Attorney, LaCrosse County
  • Joseph Guidote
    Corporation Counsel, Outagamie County
  • Patrick Haughney
    Retired Waukesha County Judge
  • Karen Hepfler
    Chippewa County Circuit Court Clerk
  • Tammy Jo Hock
    Brown County Judge
  • Dr. Dennis Maki, Consultant
    UW Medical School Prof. Emeritus
  • Scott Needham
    St. Croix County Judge
  • Suzanne O’Neill
    State Public Defender’s Office, Trial Div. Director
  • James Pouros
    Washington County Judge
  • Chris Rogers
    Private Attorney
  • John Storck
    Retired Juneau County Judge
  • Maury Straub
    Retired Sheriff
  • Mary Triggiano, Consultant
    Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge
  • Sara Ward-Cassady
    State Public Defender’s Office, Adm. Services Director
  • Eric Weidig
    Corporation Counsel, Waukesha County

About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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