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Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents

Chair: Rep. Ed Brooks
Vice Chair: Rep. Kelda Roys
Legislative Council Staff:  Dan Schmidt, Melissa Schmidt, and Don Salm
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The Special Committee is directed to review how, and by whom, circuit court civil and criminal records may be accessed through the Wisconsin Circuit Court Automation (WCCA) Program. The issues to be considered by the committee include: (a) the length of time a record remains accessible through WCCA; (b) whether accessibility of a record through WCCA should depend on how far a civil or criminal proceeding has progressed; and (c) whether records of proceedings that have: (1) been vacated or dismissed; or (2) resulted in acquittal or other form of exoneration should continue to be accessible through WCCA.

Results of January 18, 2012 Joint Legislative Council Meeting
Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (January 18, 2012)
  • Memo to Members of the Special Committee, Council Consideration of Committee Report (January 11, 2012).
  • Proposed Report 2011-09, Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents (May 19, 2011).
  • LRB-1736/1, relating to expungement of court records and granting rule-making authority.
 
March 10, 2011 Mail Ballot Results
  • Results of the March 10, 2011 mail ballot.
March 10, 2011 Mail Ballot
  • Memorandum, Special Committee Status and Bill Draft for Mail Ballot, to Members of the Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents from Chair Brooks (March 9, 2011).
  • WLC: 0102/1, relating to expungement of court records.
December 15, 2010
  •   Memo No. 3, Committee Options for Possible Legislation Regarding the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access System (December 7, 2010).
November 4, 2010
  • Report, Race and Sentencing in Wisconsin:  A Monograph Series, Report Number 1:  Starting Points:  The State and National Landscape, by Lisa Mueller, Michael Connelly, and Jim Pingel, Wisconsin Sentencing Commission (November 2004).
  • Memorandum to the Honorable Members of the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Homeland Security, from Kevin St. John, Special Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), relating to DOJ written comments provided as oral testimony provided on January 27, 2010 opposing Assembly Bill 663 (February 2, 2010).
  • Memorandum to David Schanker, Clerk, Wisconsin Supreme Court, from Raymond Taffora, Deputy Attorney General, Wisconsin DOJ, relating to Supreme Court Rule Petition 09-07; comments submitted on behalf of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Wisconsin DOJ (February 8, 2010).
  • Pamphlet, Expungement General Guidelines for Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records in Illinois.
  • Report, How to Clear Your Illinois Criminal Record, Office of the State Appellate Defender (January 2010).
  • Excerpts of report, Wisconsin Public Records:  Law Compliance Outline, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, DOJ (August 2010).
  • Report, Arrest and Conviction Record Complaints Based on Alleged Employment Discrimination Filed with the Madison Equal opportunities Division, submitted by Public Member Mary Delaney (October 2010).
  • Report, Housing Discrimination Cases Based on Arrest or Conviction Record Filed with the Madison Equal Opportunities Division, submitted by Public Member Mary Delaney (October 2010).
  • Email from Heiner Giese to Representative Kelda Roys, dated October 25, 2010, relating to written comments regarding the Special Study Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents.
  • Email from Public Member Bill Lueders regarding Discrimination and Ex-Offenders (October 26, 2010).
  • Memorandum, Concerns Regarding Access, to the Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents from Attorney Mary C. Delaney.
  • Presentation, Access to Criminal Records and Expunction, by Lahny R. Silva.
  • Testimony by Lahny R. Silva.
  • Presentation, Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents, by Ken Barbeau, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee.
  • Testimony by the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee to the Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents (November 4, 2010).
  • Handouts distributed at the request of Public Member Bill Lueders.
  • Brochure, Expunging Court Records:  Helpful Information and Frequently Asked Questions, distributed at the request of Nancy Rottier, Office of the Director of State Courts (January 2010).
  • Testimony by Timothy G. Costello, Krukowski & Costello, S.C. (November 4, 2010).
  • Handout by Public Member Judge Robert Kinney.
September 15, 2010
  • Memo No. 1, Proposals Limiting Access to Consolidated Court Automation Programs Information Considered During the 2009 Legislative Session (September 7, 2010).
  • Memo No. 2, Legislative and Judicial Authority (September 7, 2010).
  • 2009 Assembly Bill 340.
  • 2009 Assembly Bill 663.
  • Report, Developing CCJ/COSCA Guidelines for Public Access to Court Records:  A National Project to Assist State Courts, Martha Wade Steketee and Alan Carlson, authors, State Justice Institute (October 18, 2002).
  • Final Report, Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Oversight Committee (March 2006).
  • Letter from A. John Voelker, Director of State Courts, to David R. Schanker, Clerk, Wisconsin Supreme Court (February 3, 2010).
  • Presentation, Access to Online Court Records and the Risk to the Innocent, Erik R. Guenther, Hurley Burish, & Stanton, S.C. (September 15, 2010).
  • Presentation, Department of Justice Criminal Justice Databases, Phil Collins, Crime Information Bureau, Department of Justice.
  • Testimony from Jean Bousquet, Chief Information Officer, Director of State Court's Office (September 15, 2010).
  • Testimony from A. John Voelker, Director of State Courts (September 15, 2010).
    • Wisconsin Circuit Court Data Subscription Agreement, referred to by A. John Voelker, Director of State Courts, in his testimony.