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Jun 28, 2018

High court delays pay increase for court-appointed attorneys

The Wisconsin Supreme Court won’t increase pay for court-appointed attorneys until January 2020.

May 14, 2018

Lawyers line up to testify at public hearing on appointed counsel proposal

The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s final public hearing of the term will look at something that has long been a matter of concern: the low rate of compensation private attorneys receive when they are appointed to defend indigent criminal defendants.

Jan 15, 2018

Attorneys want to increase public defender pay

Private attorneys in Wisconsin are again pushing for a pay increase when they are appointed by the state public defender to represent criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer.

Jun 1, 2017

Panel creates prosecutor board, approves raises for judges (UPDATE)

A budget-writing committee has given its endorsement to providing raises to the state’s judges, prosecutors and public defenders.

May 25, 2017

Attorneys ask for higher pay rate for defending indigent (UPDATE)

Private attorneys who accept indigent defense appointments in Wisconsin say it's time the state raise the hourly rate for taking such cases.

Dec 7, 2015

ON THE DEFENSIVE: With pay progression, prosecutors and defenders should come before judges

In her State of the Judiciary Address, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Pat Roggensack promised that she will fight for higher judicial salaries when the Legislature begins work on the state’s next budget.

May 21, 2013

Committee scales back pay plan for newer state attorneys (UPDATE)

Wisconsin’s up-and-coming assistant attorneys general, public defenders and district attorneys won’t be able to make more than $57,688 a year under a new pay-progression plan adopted Tuesday by the state’s Joint Finance Commission.

Jan 25, 2012

Pay progression bill could cause prosecutors to cash out

A legislative proposal authorizing county prosecutor raises is aimed at helping local offices retain talent. But some district attorneys argue the plan will leave them shorthanded.

Jun 17, 2011

Attorneys argue for higher pay

The Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office’s difficulty finding capable lawyers hit home for John Birdsall in 2005 when he was the sixth attorney to defend a child pornography case.


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