The judicial system is not perfect and occasionally trial court judges make mistakes, just like everybody else. When an error of law occurs at the trial court level, a litigant may appeal his or her case to a higher court and request that the appeals court correct the lower court’s error. When you take a case to appeals court, it is important that you have a competent attorney on your side to represent you.
At Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C., our Madison family lawyers have more than 42 years of combined experience and have appealed many cases to both the Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Cases are usually first heard on appeal by the Court of Appeals, which is divided into four geographic districts and decides cases in panels of three judges. These judges review the trial court record and read briefs submitted by both parties, and then issue a written decision in which they may uphold the trial court’s decision, reverse the trial court’s decision, or uphold some parts and reverse others.
If either party is dissatisfied with the Court of Appeals’ decision, that party may ask the Supreme Court to review the case. The Supreme Court takes only a very small number of the cases it is asked to review. Its primary function is to clarify and interpret Wisconsin’s law, so it only hears cases in which the law is unclear.
If the Supreme Court accepts a case, a panel of seven justices will do the following before they issue a written decision:
Attorney Linda S. Balisle and our experienced and knowledgeable Madison divorce attorneys at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. have played a critical role in shaping Wisconsin’s family law through appellate litigation. At our firm, we appeal cases both on behalf of clients we have represented at the trial court level and on behalf of clients whose cases were tried by other family law attorneys.
To make an appointment with an attorney from our firm, contact our office now at (608) 765-1001.