Access to Court Records

Q. What is the policy regarding public access to court records?

A. All records of the Municipal Court, except those specifically exempted by law, such as cases involving juveniles, are open records that are available to the public.

Q. How do I make a request for court records?

A. Requests may be made orally or in writing to Madison Municipal Court staff.

Q. How soon will I be able to review the information I want?

A. The Municipal Court will make every effort to fill requests for records within two hours of the request. If the request cannot be filled within this time, the Municipal Court will provide a date and time when the records will be available. Original Records may be reviewed only under Municipal Court staff supervision. Any photocopies of records will be made for a copying fee of $0.25 per page.

Q. How can I receive information regarding a court record(s) handled by the Municipal Court?

A. To receive information regarding a court record(s) you may do any of the following:

  1. Call the Municipal Court at (608) 264-9282
  2. Email your request to Municipal Court
  3. Fax your request to (608) 266-5930
  4. Request the record(s) by mail by sending the request to:
    Madison Municipal Court
    City-County Building
    210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 203
    Madison, WI 53703
  5. Request the record(s) in person during normal business hours at the Madison Municipal Court:
    Madison Municipal Court
    City-County Building
    210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 203
    Madison, WI 53703

Q. How can I get information on a court record(s) involving a juvenile?

A. If you are the defendant or if you are the defendant's parent, guardian or legal counsel, you must appear personally at the Municipal Court with proper identification.