Wisconsin Supreme Court issues two opinions from March 20-26

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two opinions from March 20-26. As of March 26, the court issued 17 opinions in 2023 — two more than this point a year ago. The two opinions are below: 

  • Secura Supreme Insurance Co. v. Estate of Huck, where the court “affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the trial court granting judgment to the Estate of Daniel Keith Huck in this insurance dispute, holding that there was no error.”
  • Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization v. City of Milwaukee, where the court reversed in part a lower court ruling in a case involving disability retirement benefits. The supreme court held that the Milwaukee City Charter, “read alongside the relevant collective bargaining agreement, requires [the Milwaukee Employees’ Retirement System] to include a 5.8 percent pension offset payment in the ‘current annual salary’ used to calculate [duty disability retirement] benefits for beneficiaries hired before October 3, 2011.”

From March 20-26, state supreme courts issued 125 opinions nationally. The Kentucky Supreme Court issued the most with 25. State supreme courts in 22 states issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 78 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 47.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort and has seven judgeships. The current chief of the court is Annette Ziegler. The court issued 68 opinions in 2022 and 79 in 2021. Nationally, state supreme courts issued 7,423 opinions in 2022 and 8,320 in 2021. The courts have issued 1,491 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 807 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 684. Wisconsin is a divided government, meaning neither party holds trifecta control.

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