Last month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court approved a
new rule requiring mandatory electronic filing statewide. (Wis. Stat. § 801.18)
According to a recent edition of The Third Branch, the quarterly newsletter of the Wisconsin court system, the mandatory eFiling rule takes effect July 1 but will be phased in gradually over the next three years.
Mandatory eFiling will be established first in a small number of pilot counties that already offer voluntary eFiling in civil, family, small claims and paternity cases and then expand in those case types to other counties statewide by the end of 2017. Other case types will be added with a targeted completion date for mandatory eFiling in all case types statewide by Dec. 31, 2019.
The court’s CCAP staff will implement the program with initial help from contractors.