2013 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
799. Procedure in small claims actions.
799.207 Proceedings before circuit court commissioner.

WI Stat § 799.207 (2013 through Act 380) What's This?

799.207 Proceedings before circuit court commissioner.


799.207(1)(a)(a) Any circuit court commissioner assigned to assist in small claims matters may hold a conference with the parties or their attorneys or both on the return date, examine pleadings and identify issues.

799.207(1)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (e), a decision shall be rendered by the circuit court commissioner on the return date if there is time available for a hearing, the parties do not intend to call witnesses, and the parties agree to such a hearing. If for any of the reasons stated in this paragraph, the matter cannot be heard on the return date, an adjourned date shall be set.

799.207(1)(c) (c) The proceedings shall be conducted as provided in s. 799.209.

799.207(1)(d) (d) A record of the proceeding shall be made and shall be limited to the time and location of the hearing, the parties, witnesses and attorneys present and the decision.

799.207(1)(e) (e) If the circuit court commissioner cannot reach a decision on the return or adjourned date, the commissioner shall mail the decision to each party within 30 days of the date of the hearing.

799.207(2) (2) The circuit court commissioner's decision shall become a judgment 11 days after rendering, if oral, and 16 days after mailing, if written, except that:

799.207(2)(a) (a) Default judgments will have immediate effect.

799.207(2)(b) (b) Either party may file a demand for trial within 10 days from the date of an oral decision or 15 days from the date of mailing of a written decision to prevent the entry of the judgment.

799.207(3) (3)

799.207(3)(a)(a) There is an absolute right to have the matter heard before the court if the requirements of this section are complied with.

799.207(3)(b) (b) The circuit court commissioner shall give each of the parties a form and instructions which shall be used for giving notice of an election to have the matter heard by the court.

799.207(3)(c) (c) The demand for trial must be filed with the court and mailed to the other parties within 10 days from the date of an oral decision or 15 days from the date of mailing of a written decision. Mailing of the notice and proof of such mailing is the responsibility of the party seeking review.

799.207(3)(d) (d) Notice of a demand for trial may also be given in writing and filed by either of the parties at the time of an oral decision.

799.207(4) (4) Following the timely filing of a demand for trial, the court shall mail a trial date to all of the parties.

799.207(5) (5) A timely filing of a demand for trial shall result in a new trial before the court on all issues between the parties.

History: 1977 c. 345; 1979 c. 32 s. 66; 1979 c. 110; Stats. 1979 s. 799.207; Sup. Ct. Order, 141 Wis. 2d xiii (1987); 1987 a. 208; 2001 a. 61.

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