Wisconsin Court of Appeals

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Seal of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in the state of Wisconsin, above the Wisconsin Circuit Courts but below the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The court of appeals was created in 1977 to assist the Wisconsin court system handle the rising number of appellate cases.

The primary function of the Court of Appeals is to correct errors that occurred at the circuit court level. The published opinions of the Court of Appeals are considered binding precedent until overruled by the Supreme Court. The Court generally sits in three-judge panels to decide the merits of an appeal, but some categories of cases, such as small claims, municipal ordinance violations, and misdemeanor cases may be decided by a single judge.


The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is composed of sixteen judges from four geographic districts. The judges are elected to six-year terms in district-wide, non-partisan elections. Vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment, but an appointee is required to stand for election to a full six-year term the following year.



Name District Term of Service Service as Chief or Presiding Judge
Harold M. Bode II 1978-1981
Robert C. Cannon I 1978-1981 Presiding Judge, 1978-1979
W. Patrick Donlin III 1978-1981
Rudolph T. Randa I 1981-1982
Clair H. Voss II 1978-1983 Presiding Judge, 1978-1983
John A. Decker I 1978-1984 Chief Judge, 1978-1983
John P. Foley III 1978-1984 Presiding Judge, 1981-1984
Martha Bablitch IV 1978-1985
Robert W. Dean III 1978-1986 Presiding Judge, 1978-1981
Burton A. Scott II 1980-1991 Chief Judge, 1983-1989
William R. Moser I 1978-1992 Presiding Judge, 1979-1983
Presiding Judge, 1985-1992
Paul C. Gartzke IV 1978-1996 Presiding Judge, 1978-1996
Michael T. Sullivan I 1984-1996
Robert D. Sundby IV 1986-1996
Daniel L. LaRocque III 1985-1997
Gordon Myse III 1986-1999 Presiding Judge, 1998-1999
William Eich IV 1985-2000 Chief Judge, 1989-1998
Patience D. Roggensack IV 1996-2003
Charles B. Schudson I 1992-2004
Thomas Cane III 1981-2007 Chief Judge, 1998-2007
Richard S. Brown II 1978-present Chief Judge
Charles P. Dykman IV 1978-2010 Presiding Judge, 1996-2001 2009-2010
Neal Nettesheim II 1983-2007 Presiding Judge, 1990-1993 2001-2003
Ted E. Wedemeyer, Jr. I 1982-1988, 1992-2009 Presiding Judge, 1983-1985 1993-2007
Ralph Adam Fine I 1988-present
Daniel P. Anderson II 1990-2011 Presiding Judge, 1993-1996 2003-2005 2007-2009
Harry G. Snyder II 1991-2010 Presiding Judge
Margaret J. Vergeront IV 1994-present
Patricia S. Curley I 1996-present Presiding Judge
David G. Deininger IV 1996-2007
Michael W. Hoover III 1997-present Presiding Judge, 1999-present
Gregory A. Peterson III 1999-present
Paul Lundsten IV 2000-present Presiding Judge, 2001-2007
Paul B. Higginbotham IV 2003-present Presiding Judge, 2007-present
Joan F. Kessler I 2004-present
Burnie Bridge IV 2007-2010
Edward R. Brunner III 2007-2011
Lisa S. Neubauer II 2007-present Presiding Judge
Gary Sherman IV 2010-present
Paul F. Reilly II 2010-present
Brian Blanchard IV 2010-present

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