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Municipal Judge Patz Attends Neenah Seminar
Issue Date: August 16, 2017
Coleman-The Honorable Clifford Patz, Municipal Judge of the Village of Coleman, towns of Pound and Beaver attended the Municipal Judge Special Topics Seminar conducted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Office of Judicial Education on July 13-14, at the Best Western Bridgewood Resort in Neenah.
A municipal court is an independent branch of municipal government. Municipal Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over actions involving violations of municipal ordinances. Generally, this includes traffic citations and other offenses such as disorderly conduct and retail theft. There are 232 municipal courts in Wisconsin. The Village of Coleman Municipal Court has been in existence since the mid-1970's. The Court handles approximately 130 cases each year. Patz has served as the Judge of the municipal court since 2007. This Special Topics Seminar is one of several seminars put on by the Director of State Courts, Office of Judicial Education. Attendance at one of these seminars satisfies the Wisconsin Supreme Court requirement that all municipal judges earn four credits of continuing education each year.
The seminar included many topics of importance to municipal judges and emphasized juvenile case issues. This included sessions on The Science of Childhood Trauma, Trends in Juvenile Substance Abuse, Addressing Juvenile Cases in Municipal Court, Teen Technology Use and Misuse, Intimate Partner Violence Cases, Judicial Ethics, and an Update on New Laws and Appellate Cases.