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Look up Wisconsin records for a person's background history, criminal records and personal information such as property ownership and divorces. Request marriages, death records, birth records from the state. Access the state of Wisconsin courts for divorce filings and other civil cases. See where and how to order copies of documents recorded and held by the state. Request official certificates from a comprehensive list of government agencies.

Wisconsin Public Records and Court Information

The state of Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state in size and 20th most populated with over 5.5 million residents. The state's economy begun with the fur trade with its first settlers to today's 10th largest manufacturer in the United States. Estimates put manufacturing over fifty billion dollars annually, approximately twenty percent of the state's gross income. Regardless of its manufacturing, Wisconsin is known as a major producer of cheese and dairy. 25 percent of all butter and cheese come from the dairy state also houses the largest food manufacturers of amongst states.

Wisconsin is governed by a governor and its lieutenant, 33 state senators, assembly in 99 districts, attorney general heading state's department of justice, Supreme court with seven justices, State Superintendent of Public Instruction in charge of education, Secretary of state which oversees elections, voting, records and databases, and State Treasurer.

The state capitol is located at 2 East Main Street in Madison and is recognized as a National Historic Monument. It houses the state's Supreme Court, governor's office and conference room where bills are heard, passed, press conferences, cabinet meetings and receptions are held. The state's legislature's two houses, Senate and Assembly, meet in the senate chambers located at the capitol building where meeting are held, debates and voting occurs. The 33 member Senate are elected to four-year terms and 99 Assembly members are elected to two year terms. Both, Senate and Assembly members must vote on bills to become law then sent to the Governor for signature.

The Milwaukee State Office Building at 819 North 6th Street Milwaukee, is the central office location for the department of justice, corrections, health services, workforce development, transportation, revenue, financial institutions, children and family services, Milwaukee governor's office, board of aging and long term care and the state public defenders office.

The Wisconsin municipal courts have exclusive jurisdiction to hear cases which involve ordinance violations. If a municipality does not have a court, ordinance violations are heard in circuit court.

Circuit courts have jurisdiction to hear all civil and criminal cases, including probate, juvenile, and traffic matters, as well as jury trials.

State's court of appeals mostly handle cases of mandatory jurisdiction, meaning appeals from circuit courts required to hear under the Wisconsin's law.

Wisconsin's highest court is the supreme court with jurisdiction over all lower courts, has discretion to determine which appeals it will hear, can also hear original actions, cases that have not been heard in a lower court. The court selects the cases it will review based on criteria described in state statutes.

Wisconsin Statewide Public Records

What is the process for someone who is arrested in Wisconsin to go through the jail and court system?

If you are arrested in Wisconsin, you will likely be taken to the local county jail. The exact address of the jail will depend on the county in which you were arrested. You will then appear in court at the local county courthouse. The exact address of the courthouse will depend on the county in which you were arrested.

What publicly accessible records can be obtained from the Wisconsin Library?

The Wisconsin State Library provides access to millions of public records. The library offers several online databases that cover various topics, such as vital records, census data, court dockets, legislative records, maps, and historical documents. The library also offers free access to many public records and provides access to subscription databases for an additional fee.

What are the requirements for obtaining vital records from Wisconsin, and what information is provided in the records?

The Wisconsin Vital Records Office is responsible for issuing certified copies of vital records including birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates for events that occurred in Wisconsin. To obtain a vital record, you must submit a completed application form, a valid photo ID, and the applicable fee. The application form can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. The records include the full name of the person whose record is being requested, the date and place of the event, and the names of the parents or other family members. Depending on the type of record, additional information may be included, such as the name of the officiant or the cause of death.

Where is the best place to locate police reports in Wisconsin?

Police reports in Wisconsin can be obtained from the local police department or sheriff's office that handled the incident. You can also request police reports from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

What information is typically included in a Wisconsin background check?

A Wisconsin background check typically includes a search of criminal records, driving records, and other public records. Depending on the type of background check, it may also include a search of credit reports, employment history, and educational records.