The next statewide election: Feb 18, 2020
Wisconsin Supreme Court
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the highest court in the state. It has the final word on whether a state law agrees or conflicts with the Wisconsin Constitution. It serves as Wisconsin's "court of last resort." The Supreme Court is composed of seven justices, elected to 10-year terms. View our Wisconsin Supreme Court Fact Sheet for more information about the importance of the court.
Wisconsin Court of Appeals
The Court of Appeals hears cases appealed from Circuit Courts. The state is divided into four Appellate (of or relating to appeals) Districts. Like the Supreme Court, the court of Appeals takes no testimony. Cases are decided on the trial court record, written briefs, and in a few cases, oral argument. Any citizen may appeal a judgment of a Circuit Court to the Court of Appeals. Appellate judges are elected in their respective districts on non-partisan ballots for 6-year terms. View our Wisconsin Court of Appeals Fact Sheet for more information about the importance of the court.
How to judge a candidate
Elections present voters with important choices. Whether it is a local race that will affect your community or a national race that could change the direction of the country, it is a time to consider the issues which you care about and decide which candidate you support. But how do voters go about comparing and then judging the candidates?