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Judge Patz Attends Administration Seminar
Issue Date: June 20, 2019
The Honorable Clifford Patz, Municipal Judge for Northeast Wisconsin Joint Municipal Court, comprised of the Village of Coleman, Village of Crivitz, Town of Beaver, Town of Brazeau, and Town of Pound, attended the Municipal Judge Court Administration Seminar conducted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Office of Judicial Education.
A municipal court is an independent branch of municipal government. Municipal courts have 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 and other municipalities have joined in more recent years. Judge Patz has served on the court since 2007. The court handles over 200 cases per year.
This Court Administration Seminar is one of several seminars put on each year 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 judicial education each year.
The seminar included many topics of importance to municipal judges such as: Implementing Procedural Justice, the Use of Interpreters in Municipal Courts, Designing a Safe Courtroom, Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Methods to Enforce Judgments, The Right to a Harassment Free Work Place, Judicial Ethics Concerning Ex Parte Communication, an Update on New Laws and Appellate Cases.