Wis. Civil Justice Council: Issues 2018 Judicial Evaluation  

Contact: Bill G. Smith – (608) 255-6083

Wisconsin Civil Justice Council issues 2018 Judicial Evaluation

Madison – The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council (WCJC) today released its 2018 Guide to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Evaluation (2018 Judicial Evaluation) (http://www.wisciviljusticecouncil.org/judicial-evaluation/), which reviews the most important cases decided by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin affecting the business community. The 2018 Judicial Evaluationcovers six terms, spanning from 2012 through the most recent term that ended in summer of 2018.

Based on the comprehensive review of decisions affecting the business community, Justices Annette Ziegler and Rebecca Bradley scored the highest at 81 percent. Chief Justice Patience Roggensack and former Justice Michael Gableman both scored 79 percent, and Justice Daniel Kelly came in at 77 percent. Justices Shirley Abrahamson and Anne Walsh Bradley both scored 23 percent. Justice Rebecca Dallet, who was elected in April, has not yet issued any decisions.

“This judicial evaluation provides a straight-forward analysis of the most important decisions impacting Wisconsin’s business community and shows how the individual justices decided those cases,” said WCJC President, Bill G. Smith. “Businesses all over the state should read this important document and recognize how the judicial system affects them and their employees,” added Smith.

The 2018 Judicial Evaluation provides a discussion of the facts and the court’s holding in each of the decisions, including the dissenting opinion(s). The guide then lists how each justice decided the case, along with WCJC’s position on the court’s decision.

“The judicial evaluation provides useful information that helps inform the public on how the justices decided the cases, along with a discussion of the court’s reasoning,” added Scott Manley, WCJC Vice President and Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. “The decisions handed down by the court affect more than just the parties involved in each case as the court establishes important precedent that is used in future cases,” added Manley. “It is important that the public know how these cases are decided by the court.”

This is the third judicial evaluation issued by WCJC since 2011. For more information about WCJC, please visit its website.

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