About the Circuit Court
- Wisconsin's counties are grouped into 10 judicial administrative districts.
- There is a Supreme Court appointed chief judge in each district, who may serve up to three consecutive two-year terms and who supervises and directs the administration of the district.
- Each chief judge appoints a deputy chief judge to act in the event of his or her absence or unavailability.
- A professional district court administrator and a court management assistant assist the chief judge.
Divisions of Circuit Court
- The seven branches of Rock County Circuit Court are divided into three divisions: Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile
- Three branches are designated for civil cases, three branches are assigned to criminal matters, and one branch is appointed to hear juvenile matters.
Jurisdiction of the Circuit Court
- Circuit Courts have original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal matters written within the state, including probate, juvenile, and traffic matters, as well as civil and criminal jury trials.