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Order Regarding Emergency Temporary Court Measures

Post Date:03/16/2020 4:48 PM

STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT MARQUETTE COUNTY

AMENDED ORDER REGARDING EMERGENCY TEMPORARY MEASURES

The Marquette County Circuit Court issued an original order on March 16, 2020. This is

an amended order based upon the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Order dated April 15, 2020

regarding Remote Hearings during the COVID-19 Pandemic to provide procedures and

directions for proceedings and essential functions in the court until courts are allowed to have all

hearings in person. These Guidelines are Emergency and Temporary Measures ONLY

effective from April 22, 2020 until further Order of the Court. The Marquette County

courthouse remains open and any change in status will be noticed on the Marquette County

website at http://www.co.marquette.wi.us/home and the Wisconsin Court system website,

www.wicourts.gov

The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic of COVID-19 due to

widespread human infection worldwide. We are monitoring this situation and are committed to

open access to our courts and service to the public, and to protect the health and safety of the

litigants, judges, court staff and security, attorneys, jurors, other participants in court

proceedings, and all other persons in the court facilities. We are monitoring this situation and are

committed to open access to our courts, service to the public, and to protect the health and safety

of the litigants, judges, court staff, security, attorneys, jurors and all other participants in court

proceedings.

Consistent with the orders imposed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, cases will proceed

as currently scheduled unless otherwise notified by the court but most will be held by audio or

video means. Pursuant to the latest order, the suspension of in-person proceedings is subject to

the following exceptions if remote technology is not practicable or adequate to address these

matters:

 Jury trials, which were addressed by separate order, see In Re the Matter of

Jury Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic, issued March 22, 2020 (issued

by Wisconsin Supreme Court).

 Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal

defendants and juveniles.

 Proceedings involving in-custody defendants who are not being held on

any basis other than the case-at-bar, which will presumptively proceed as

timely scheduled.

 Other exceptions approved by the Chief Judge of the Judicial District, the

Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, or the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin

Supreme Court, for the respective proceeding, as applicable.

For more information on any specific case, please call Mariah Goodwin, judicial assistant

at (608) 297-3009 or the Marquette County Clerk of Court’s Office at (608) 297-3005.

Dated this 23rd day of April, 2020.

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HON. CHAD A. HENDEE

MARQUETTE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE