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800.005   Time.
800.01   Commencement of action.
800.02   Form of citation, complaint, summons and warrant in municipal ordinance violation cases.
800.025   Amended citation and complaint.
800.035   Initial appearance.
800.037   Deposit amount and schedule.
800.045   Pretrial conferences.
800.05   Substitution or disqualification of municipal judge.
800.06   Illness, absence or vacancy; pending actions triable by court which receives papers; continuance on vacancy and notice of trial.
800.065   Reserve municipal judges.
800.07   Discovery in municipal court.
800.08   Procedure at trial.
800.085   Telephone and audiovisual proceedings.
800.09   Judgment.
800.093   Restitution.
800.095   Nonpayment of monetary judgment.
800.10   Fees and costs in municipal court.
800.11   Municipal court record and transcript entries.
800.115   Relief from judgment.
800.12   Municipal court contempt procedure.
800.13   Recording in municipal court.
800.14   Appeal from municipal court decision.
800.001 800.001 Definitions. In this chapter:
800.001(1) (1)“Judicial administrative district" means the judicial administrative district having the largest portion of the population in the jurisdiction served by the municipal court.
800.001(2) (2)“Municipality" means the city, village, or town that governs the municipal court, or if more than one city, village, or town has agreed jointly to establish a municipal court under s. 755.01, “municipality" means the city, village, or town where the violation occurred.
800.001 History History: 1987 a. 389; 2009 a. 402.
800.005 800.005 Time. The provisions of s. 801.15 (1) and (5) apply to actions in municipal court.
800.005 History History: 2019 a. 70.
800.01 800.01 Commencement of action.
800.01(1)(1)In municipal court, ordinance violation cases are commenced when the complaint or citation is filed with or transmitted to the court.
800.01(2) (2)The municipal court has jurisdiction over a defendant when any of the following conditions is met:
800.01(2)(a) (a) The defendant is served with a citation or a summons and complaint as provided under s. 801.11 (1) (a) to (c), (5), and (6).
800.01(2)(b) (b) The defendant is arrested and brought before the court personally or through interactive video and audio transmission conducted in accordance with the rules of the supreme court.
800.01(2)(c) (c) The defendant voluntarily appears before the court.
800.01(2)(d) (d) The court finds that the defendant has acknowledged receipt of the citation or summons and complaint.
800.01(2)(e) (e) The summons and complaint or citation are sent to the defendant by 1st class mail.
800.01(2m) (2m)The law enforcement officer or municipal employee who serves the summons shall indicate the method of service on the copy of the documents filed or transmitted to the court.
800.01(3) (3)If the action is commenced by a citation under s. 800.02 (2) (a), a deposit may be taken from the defendant. The defendant may be released on his or her own recognizance. A nonresident defendant who does not make a deposit may be detained in jail to be brought before the court at the earliest opportunity.
800.01 History History: 1977 c. 305; 1979 c. 32 s. 68; Stats. 1979 s. 800.01; 1987 a. 389; 1989 a. 170, 261; 1993 a. 437; 1995 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2009 a. 402.
800.01 Annotation Due process does not require commencing a municipal ordinance action by a summons. Haas v. Wisconsin, 241 F. Supp. 2d 922 (2003).
800.01 Annotation Uniformity in Municipal Courts. Gramling. Wis. Law. Aug. 2010.
800.02 800.02 Form of citation, complaint, summons and warrant in municipal ordinance violation cases.
800.02(1)(1)Action. An action in municipal court for violation of a municipal ordinance is a civil action, and the forfeiture or penalty imposed by any ordinance of the municipality may be collected in an action in the name of the municipality.
800.02(2) (2) Form of citation or complaint.
800.02(2)(a) (a) The citation or complaint shall contain the name of a law enforcement officer, attorney representing the municipality, or, if applicable, a conservation warden. In addition, the governing body of a municipality authorized to adopt the use of citations or complaints may designate by ordinance or resolution other municipal officials who are authorized to issue and be named in citations or complaints with respect to ordinances which are directly related to the official responsibilities of the officials. Officials granted the authority to issue and be named in citations and complaints may delegate, with the approval of the governing body, the authority to employees. Authority delegated to an official or employee may be revoked only in the same manner by which it is conferred.
800.02(2)(ag) (ag) The citation or complaint shall contain substantially the following information:
800.02(2)(ag)1. 1. The name, address and date of birth of the defendant.
800.02(2)(ag)1m. 1m. The identification of any permit issued to the defendant, or license number of the defendant, if applicable.
800.02(2)(ag)2. 2. The name and department of the issuing officer.
800.02(2)(ag)3. 3. The violation alleged, the time and place of the occurrence of the violation, a statement that the defendant committed the violation, the ordinance violated, and a description of the violation in language that can be readily understood.
800.02(2)(ag)4. 4. A notice to appear at a date, time and place for the court appearance, and a statement as to whether the appearance is mandated by the judge.
800.02(2)(ag)5. 5. Provisions for amount of deposit and stipulation in lieu of a court appearance, if applicable.
800.02(2)(ag)6. 6. Notice that the defendant may make a deposit and thereby obtain release if an arrest has been made.
800.02(2)(ag)7. 7. Notice that the defendant may, in writing, prior to the court appearance, enter a plea of not guilty.
800.02(2)(ag)8. 8. Notice that, if the defendant makes a deposit and fails to appear in court at the time fixed in the citation, the defendant is deemed to have tendered a plea of no contest and submits to a forfeiture, plus costs, fees, and surcharges imposed under ch. 814, not to exceed the amount of the deposit. The notice shall also state that the court may decide to summon the defendant rather than accept the deposit and plea.
800.02(2)(ag)9. 9. Notice that if the defendant does not make a deposit and fails to appear in court at the time fixed in the citation, the court may issue a summons or a warrant for the defendant's arrest or may enter a default judgment against the defendant.
800.02(2)(ag)9m. 9m. In an action against a corporation organized under ch. 180 or 181, or against a limited liability company organized under ch. 183, a statement of the corporate or company existence and whether the corporation or company is a domestic or foreign corporation or limited liability company.
800.02(2)(ag)10. 10. Any other pertinent information.
800.02(2)(am) (am) In 1st class cities, all of the written information required under par. (a), except the information under par. (ag) 1. to 4., 9m., and 10., shall be printed in Spanish on a separate sheet attached to the citation or provided in Spanish on the citation.
800.02(2)(b) (b) Except for parking violations, in traffic regulation actions in municipal court, the uniform traffic citation specified in s. 345.11 shall be used in lieu of the citation form specified in par. (ag). In actions for violations of local ordinances enacted in accordance with s. 23.33 (11) (am), 23.335 (21) (a), or 30.77, the citation form specified in s. 23.54 shall be used in lieu of the citation form specified in par. (ag).
800.02(4) (4) Summons form.
800.02(4)(a)(a) The summons shall be signed by a municipal judge or by the attorney who is prosecuting the case in municipal court and shall contain the following information:
800.02(4)(a)1. 1. The title of the cause, specifying the name of the court and county in which the action is brought and the names of all parties to the action.
800.02(4)(a)2. 2. A direction summoning and requiring the defendant to appear in a specified court on a particular date not less than 10 days following service of the summons to answer the accompanying citation or complaint.
800.02(4)(a)3. 3. A notice that in case of failure to appear, judgment may be rendered against the defendant according to the demand of the citation or complaint, or the court may issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest.
800.02(4)(b) (b) In 1st class cities, all of the written information required under par. (a) shall be printed in Spanish on a separate sheet attached to the summons or provided in Spanish on the summons.
800.02(5) (5) Warrant form. The warrant shall be in the name of the state of Wisconsin, shall be directed to all law enforcement officers in the state, may be addressed to any law enforcement officer in the state, may specify geographical limits for enforcement of the warrant, and shall be signed by the municipal judge who authorizes its issuance or contain a computer-generated facsimile of the judge's signature. A municipal judge may authorize the issuance of a warrant under this chapter by using a computer or other electronic media. The municipal judge shall make the authorization so that it is accessible to the attorney for the municipality and law enforcement officers. A law enforcement officer shall convert the municipal judge's authorization to a paper copy of the warrant before serving the warrant. The warrant shall contain or have attached to it the following information:
800.02(5)(a) (a) The name of the defendant.
800.02(5)(b) (b) The offense alleged.
800.02(5)(c) (c) A copy of the citation or complaint.
800.02(5)(d) (d) A finding of probable cause that the defendant committed the offense.
800.02(5)(e) (e) A command to arrest the defendant and bring him or her before the municipal judge or other municipal judge or judge of the county.
800.02(5)(f) (f) The date of issuance.
800.02(6) (6) Authority to arrest without a warrant. A person may be arrested without a warrant for the violation of a municipal ordinance if the arresting officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is violating or has violated the ordinance.
800.025 800.025 Amended citation and complaint. A citation or complaint under s. 800.02 may be amended by the municipality prior to the initial appearance of the defendant. A copy of the amended citation or complaint shall be served personally on the defendant or sent to the defendant by 1st class mail. Otherwise, the citation or complaint may be amended, upon notice and an opportunity to be heard, at the discretion of the court. At trial, the court may amend a citation or complaint to conform to the evidence. If the court amends the citation or complaint to conform to the evidence, the court shall allow both parties an opportunity to present evidence with respect to the amended citation or complaint.
800.025 History History: 1981 c. 225; 2009 a. 402.
800.035 800.035 Initial appearance.
800.035(1)(1)A defendant may make an initial appearance in person or by submitting a written response to the citation or complaint except when the judge has required an appearance under s. 800.02 (2) (ag) 4. For the purposes of this section, if a defendant is a limited liability company, the defendant appears in person if the appearance is by a member, as defined in s. 183.0102 (11), by an agent or authorized employee of the defendant, or by an agent of the member or an authorized employee of the agent.
800.035(1m) (1m)An attorney may provide limited scope representation to a person involved in a municipal court action as provided in ss. 802.045 and 802.05.
800.035(2) (2)If a defendant appears in person, all of the following shall occur:
800.035(2)(a) (a) The court shall, either orally or in writing, do all of the following:
800.035(2)(a)1. 1. Inform the defendant of each charge and explain the range of penalties for each charge.
800.035(2)(a)2. 2. Inform the defendant that he or she may plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest or may request a continuance.
800.035(2)(a)3. 3. Inform the defendant of the right to a jury trial on charges filed under an ordinance in conformity with s. 346.63 (1) or (5).
800.035(2)(a)4. 4. Inform the defendant that if he or she is unable to pay the forfeiture, costs, fees, or surcharges due to poverty, he or she may request an installment payment, community service, or a stay of the judgment.
800.035(2)(a)5. 5. Inform the defendant that he or she must notify the court in writing within 5 days of any change of his or her address during the pendency of the case.
800.035(2)(b) (b) The defendant shall enter a plea or request a continuance.
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