THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Stickmann at Municipal Judge Orientation & Institute
Crivitz-Catherine C. Stichmann, Municipal Judge of the Near North Municipal Court, attended the Municipal Judge seminar conducted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Office of Judicial Education on May 4-5 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Marshfield.
Article VII, Sec 2 of the Wisconsin Constitution authorizes the governing body of municipalities to create municipal courts. Municipal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over actions involving violations of municipal ordinances. Generally this includes traffic citations and other offenses such as disorderly conduct, retail theft, first offense OWI, etc.
This seminar is one of several 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 covered many topics of importance to new and continuing municipal judges. This included sessions on court administration, presiding at initial appearances, conducting trials, handling juvenile cases, and judicial ethics. Further sessions highlighted traffic laws, speed and operating while under the influence offense, field sobriety testing, protecting defendants' rights and post-conviction sentencing issues. Finally, judges received an update on new laws and appellate cases.