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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Circuit Court to Revert Back to Phase 1 of Operating Plan

As of October 12, 2020, the Calumet County Circuit Court will revert back to Phase I of the COVID-19 Operating Plan for Calumet County.  This means that some in-person hearings will again resume.  The following hearings may be held in person:

  1. All criminal matters, except jury trials unless required by the Wisconsin or U.S. Constitutions.  
  2. Mental commitment and guardianship hearings with time limits. 
  3. Juvenile proceedings in juvenile delinquency (JV), juvenile CHIPS (JC), juvenile guardianship (GN) cases and termination of parental rights (TP) cases with time limits.
  4. Civil matters as follows:
  • Restraining order proceedings under Ch. 813
  • Family – Temporary order hearings if placement is at issue under Wis. Stat. 767.225(1)(am)
  • Family – enforcement of physical placement orders under Wis. Stat. 767.471(5)
  • Family – Relocation motions under Wis. Stat. 767.481(2)
  • Time-sensitive small claims proceedings, with special consideration given to the social distancing and limited attendance guidelines as outlined below.

However, remote appearances by phone or video are preferred.

Per COVID Task Force Final Report, pg. 12, the Judge and Family Court Commissioner agree that “All courts should continue to favor remote appearances wherever possible and encourage the broad use of waivers of appearance.”  The Court will continue to use video conferencing with incarcerated individuals.  Telephonic hearings will continue to be utilized when possible.  The Public will be able to listen to court hearings utilizing the bridge system if the gallery is full.  Clerks have been trained in those technologies to assist the Courts.

Jury trials will be rescheduled until the Courts move back into Phase III of the COVID-19 Operating Plan for Calumet County.

Please call (920) 849-1465 with any questions or concerns.

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