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April Southwick

Aug 25, 2017

Lawmakers OK additional money for state public defenders

A powerful panel of lawmakers has endorsed using an additional $3.4 million to give merit raises to assistant state public defenders.

Oct 26, 2016

High court votes to repeal dead man’s statute

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to repeal an antiquated witness competency statute that has plagued some practitioners.

Oct 24, 2016

Is Wisconsin killing the dead man’s statute?

Is the state’s dead man’s statute dead?

Sep 16, 2016

Judicial Council nixes plan to ask for changes in budget

The Judicial Council won’t be asking for any changes in the next biennial budget after all.

Mar 14, 2016

Council may propose criminal procedure changes

More than 20 years in the making, a proposal to overhaul the state's rules of criminal procedure still could not make it through the state Legislature this year.

Feb 19, 2016

New IT system leading to pay problems for DOJ, Judicial Council

Some state agencies, including the Judicial Council and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, continue to face problems with the state’s new IT system.

Aug 20, 2015

Lawmakers revisit 23-year-old bill to reform state’s criminal procedures

Two panels of lawmakers heard both praise and criticism Thursday of a 23-year-old attempt at updating and restructuring Wisconsin’s code governing criminal procedures.

Apr 17, 2015

Judicial Council still ‘fuzzy on the funding’

Although the Joint Finance Committee has deleted Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate the Judicial Council from the budget bill, its members are still concerned about how the council will be financed.

Apr 15, 2015

Republicans say they won’t touch judicial panels (UPDATE)

The Joint Finance Committee has approved a motion to delete Gov. Scott Walker's budget recommendation to eliminate the Judicial Council.

Mar 2, 2015

Committee questions proposed changes to courts budget

Members of the legislative Joint Committee of Finance had some tough and far-reaching questions Monday.

Feb 20, 2015

Judicial Council strategizes response to Walker’s budget proposal

The Wisconsin Judicial Council is preparing its course of action over how to react to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate it.

Feb 4, 2015

Walker proposes eliminating Judicial Council (UPDATE)

Gov. Scott Walker wants to eliminate the 64-year-old Judicial Council, according to budget documents released Tuesday.

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