Wisconsin Supreme Court
The Summer 2013 edition of The Third Branch, a quarterly publication of the Director of State Courts Office, is now available. The newsletter includes a court-centric perspective on the legislature’s fall floor period.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a decision limiting the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) regulatory authority under the public trust doctrine. The case is Rock-Koshkonong Lake District v. DNR, 2013 WI 74.
The Supreme Court held that the DNR improperly relied upon the public trust doctrine for its authority to regulate non-navigable land or non-navigable water (e.g. wetlands) above the ordinary high water mark of Lake Koshkonong.
Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) have introduced SB182/AB200, which will help bring Wisconsin’s lemon law back into the mainstream with a number of reasonable changes. The bill's introduction has drawn national attention, as Wisconsin is known for having the worst lemon law in the country.
The past few weeks have been very active on the civil justice reform front. The Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees have held a number of public hearings on bills supported by various Hamilton Consulting clients related to the state’s civil justice system.
This week the Wisconsin Supreme Court marked a major milestone, as Chief Justice Abrahamson became the longest serving supreme court justice in Wisconsin history. During her current term in office she will also break the record for longest serving Chief Justice.