2013 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
799. Procedure in small claims actions.
799.06 Actions; how commenced, pleadings, appearances.

WI Stat § 799.06 (2013 through Act 380) What's This?

799.06 Actions; how commenced, pleadings, appearances.

799.06(1)(1) Pleadings. All pleadings except the initial complaint may be oral. Any circuit court may by rule require written pleadings and any judge or circuit court commissioner may require written pleadings in a particular case.

799.06(2) (2) A person may commence and prosecute or defend an action or proceeding under this chapter and may appear in his, her, or its own proper person or by an attorney regularly authorized to practice in the courts of this state. Under this subsection, a person is considered to be acting in his, her, or its own proper person if the appearance is by a member, as defined in s. 183.0102 (15), agent, or authorized employee of the person, or by an agent of the member or an authorized employee of the agent. An assignee of any cause of action under this chapter shall not appear by a full-time authorized employee, unless the employee is an attorney regularly authorized to practice in the courts of this state.

799.06(3) (3) The complaint in an eviction action shall conform to s. 799.41. The complaint in other actions under this chapter shall be in writing and shall be substantially in the following form:


A. B.


City, State Zip Code File No. ....

, Plaintiff

vs. C O M P L A I N T

C. D.

Address .... (Case Classification Type): .... (Code No.)

City, State Zip Code

, Defendant

For the Plaintiff's claim against Defendant, Plaintiff states that:

1. Plaintiff's injuries or losses occurred on or about .... (month and day), .... (year), and under the following circumstances (brief statement of the facts of plaintiff's claim):

2. Wherefore, Plaintiff demands judgment for (return of property) (confirmation, vacation, modification or correction of arbitration award) (the sum of $....) plus attorney fees, if any, costs of this suit and such other relief as the court deems proper.

Signed: ....

A. B., Plaintiff


E. F., Plaintiff's Attorney

State Bar No.: ....

Address: ....

City, State Zip Code: ....

Phone No.: ....

History: Sup. Ct. Order, 67 Wis. 2d 585, 764 (1975); 1977 c. 449 s. 497; 1979 c. 32 ss. 66, 92 (16); 1979 c. 108; Stats. 1979 s. 799.06; 1987 a. 208; 1991 a. 163; Sup. Ct. Order, 171 Wis. 2d xix (1992); 1997 a. 250; 2001 a. 61; 2013 a. 76.

Sub. (2) authorizes a non-lawyer employee to represent a party to a small claims action at the appellate as well as trial court level. Holz v. Busy Bees Contracting, Inc. 223 Wis. 2d 598, 589 N.W.2d 633 (Ct. App. 1998), 98-1076.

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