STATE OF WISCONSIN - MUNICIPAL COURT - CITY OF KENOSHA
ORDER REGARDING EMERGENCY TEMPORARY MEASURES
The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic of COVlD-l9 due to widespread human infection worldwide. In response to the declared state health emergency related to COVlD-l9 coronavirus, the Municipal Court for the City of Kenosha is announcing certain temporary procedural changes over the next several weeks. We are committed to open access to the Court and service to the public, thereby ensuring that all parties’ rights are preserved through continuous performance of the Court's essential functions and operations, while balancing our best efforts to protect the health and safety of the litigants, judges, Court staff and security, attorneys, other participants in court proceedings, and all other persons in the court facilities.
These are temporary procedural changes, and will be effective from March 19, 2020 through April 30,2020, or upon further order of the Court. All hearings presently scheduled within these dates shall be rescheduled.
In order to preserve the rights of all parties. the Municipal Court Clerk’s office shall remain open. Parties may contact the clerk's office by telephone, email, or standard mail. Although all scheduled hearings are presently postponed, we do recognize that many parties could suffer certain negative consequences if they are unable to be heard. Therefore, any party desiring a hearing is encouraged to contact the clerk's office to arrange for a telephonic, electronic, or audiovisual hearing and if necessary for a personal appearance to be determined on a case by case basis.
The CITY OF KENOSHA MUNICIPAL COURT HEREBY ORDERS:
1. The City of Kenosha Municipal Court Clerk’s Office shall remain open through telephone email and
standard mail for the following essential services:
c. Court Orders
2. All hearings presently scheduled to occur between March I9, 2020 and April 30, 2020 shall be rescheduled
unless specifically deemed necessary by the Court. The Court shall promptly inform all parties of case
The City of Kenosha Municipal Court adjudicates all non-criminal traffic and local ordinance violations in the City of Kenosha. Seventy-Five percent of the cases that are heard are traffic related while the remaining twenty-five percent involve city ordinance violations. Municipal Court is in session every weekday morning from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Initial appearances are scheduled each morning. Indigence hearings, motions to suppress evidence, motions to reopen, and motions to modify a sentence are scheduled on Monday mornings. Most Juvenile matters are heard on Tuesday mornings. Trials to the court are heard Wednesday through Friday. Each year the Municipal Judge conducts approximately 150 trials and 1,000 other hearings. Overall, the Municipal Court handles between 15,000 – 20,000 citations annually.
Municipal Court Judge
|Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.||Arraignments|
|Monday 9:30 a.m.||Good Cause/Indigency Hearings|
|Monday 9:15 a.m.||Motion Hearings|
|Tuesday 9:45 a.m.||Sanctions Hearings|
|Tuesday 1:15 p.m.||Pretrials|
|Wednesday through Friday 9:30 a.m.||Trials|