Milwaukee Co. Courthouse to partially reopen on Monday

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee County Courthouse will partially reopen on Monday, July 15th; it has been closed this week while the building is cleaned from smoke damage from an electrical fire last weekend.

County officials say crews will work through the weekend. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of the Courthouse will be open to the public on Monday.

Opening those floors will allow all Criminal, Family, Small Claims Cases and Jury Trials to resume on Monday.

The smoke damage is more extensive on the other levels of the Courthouse and will require a longer cleanup, but crews are working hard to get that done as soon as possible.

For the rest of this week the following services remain available; please note new locations:

Courts

  • Individuals who want to file or get information on courtroom reassignment and any other information on their cases should go to room 117 of the Safety Building.
  • Criminal cases
  • Restraining orders and injunctions
  • Civil and criminal filings
  • Criminal court records
  • Intake Court and Preliminary Hearing Court are in session in the Criminal Justice Facility.
  • Electronic filing remains available through the wicourts.gov website.

County Clerk

  • Wedding licenses are available in room 105 at the City Campus building (2711 W. Wells St.)

Register of Deeds

  • The Register of Deeds department is recording the majority of real estate documents that are submitted. These electronically submitted documents (eDocs) are being processed remotely.
  • Register of Deeds is unable to sell vital records copies but records of birth and death events that occurred within the Cities of Milwaukee and West Allis can be obtained from the health departments of those cities. All other county birth, death and marriage records can be obtained from the state vital records office in Madison.

Department of Family Care

  • The Department of Family Care has moved their entire operations off-site and continues serving all of their 8,000 clients of older adults, and people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Child Support Services

  • Milwaukee County Child Support Services will run a satellite office from 9am – 3:30 p.m. at the Marcia P. Coggs Building (1220 W. Vliet Street).
  • Limited services will be available, but Child Support staff will be on site to meet with participants with child support concerns, and accept payments.
  • Income withholding notices will still be processed by Milwaukee County staff temporarily working from the Waukesha County Courthouse.
  • The Wisconsin State Child Support trust fund remains operational, and is processing and crediting payments at this time.