In Douglas County, there are two circuit courts (Branch I
and Branch II
) handling the caseload with the assistance of a full-time Judicial Court Commissioner and a Register of Probate who are both appointed by the judges. The two branches share the caseload according to a rotation plan approved by the judges.
The circuit court system is a State court system of trial courts administered by the State of Wisconsin through districts, and in Madison by the Director of State Courts. Douglas County is part of the 10th Judicial District, which covers 13 counties in the northwestern corner of the State. The Chief Judge for the District is currently Judge Ben Proctor from Eau Claire County. The circuit court system is regulated and supervised by the Wisconsin Supreme Court through Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.