2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 805. Civil procedure--trials.
805.01 Jury trial of right.

805.01

805.01 Jury trial of right.

805.01(1)

(1) Right preserved. The right of trial by jury as declared in article I, section 5, of the constitution or as given by a statute and the right of trial by the court shall be preserved to the parties inviolate.

805.01(2)

(2) Demand. Any party entitled to a trial by jury or by the court may demand a trial in the mode to which entitled at or before the scheduling conference or pretrial conference, whichever is held first. The demand may be made either in writing or orally on the record.

805.01(3)

(3) Waiver. The failure of a party to demand in accordance with sub. (2) a trial in the mode to which entitled constitutes a waiver of trial in such mode. The right to trial by jury is also waived if the parties or their attorneys of record, by written stipulation filed with the court or by an oral stipulation made in open court and entered in the record, consent to trial by the court sitting without a jury. A demand for trial by jury made as herein provided may not be withdrawn without the consent of the parties.

805.01 - ANNOT.

History: Sup. Ct. Order, 67 Wis. 2d 585, 689 (1975); 1975 c. 218; Sup. Ct. Order, 112 Wis. 2d xi (1983); 1983 a. 192.

805.01 - ANNOT.

Judicial Council Committee Note, 1983: The time deadline for demanding a jury trial is the scheduling conference where that occurs before or in lieu of the pretrial conference because knowledge of the mode of trial is required for proper scheduling. [Re Order effective July 1, 1983]

805.01 - ANNOT.

A legal counterclaim in an equitable action does not necessarily entitle the counterclaimant to a jury trial. An amendment by the plaintiff from equity to law does not necessarily entitle the defendant to a jury trial if the equitable action was brought in good faith. Tri-State Home Improvement Co. v. Mansavage, 77 Wis. 2d 648, 253 N.W.2d 474 (1977).

805.01 - ANNOT.

A party is entitled, as a matter of right, to a jury trial on a question of fact if that issue is retried, regardless of an earlier waiver. Tesky v. Tesky, 110 Wis. 2d 205, 327 N.W.2d 706 (1983).

805.01 - ANNOT.

Under the facts of the case, telephone testimony was not permissible. Town of Geneva v. Tills, 129 Wis. 2d 167, 384 N.W.2d 701 (1986).

805.01 - ANNOT.

When collateral estoppel compels raising a counterclaim in an equitable action, that compulsion does not result in the waiver of the right to a jury trial. Norwest Bank v. Plourde, 185 Wis. 2d 377, 518 N.W.2d 265 (Ct. App. 1994).

805.01 - ANNOT.

The new Wisconsin rules of civil procedure: Chapters 805-807. Graczyk, 59 MLR 671.

805.01 - ANNOT.

See also the notes to Article I, section 5 of the Wisconsin Constitution.

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