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January 27, 2013

How to Find Wisconsin Jury Instructions

Where can I find the Wisconsin Jury Instructions online? 

This is a frequent question we get at the reference desk. Unlike some other states, jury instructions for Wisconsin are not available anywhere online for free. Wisconsin Jury Instructions are available online through a subscription with FastCase. [as of 5/12/2016] Wisconsin jury instructions are commercially published through the University of Wisconsin's CLEW (Continuing Legal Education for Wisconsin).

Wisconsin's jury instructions are divided into three titles: Civil, Criminal, and Children. Civil and criminal jury instructions are issued loose in 3-ring binders (Picture 1). The children's jury instructions are issued in annual paperbound volumes.

The Wisconsin State Law Library (WSLL), Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC), and Dane County Legal Resource Center (DCLRC) all have current jury instructions available for checkout, or reference copies are available for use at WSLL and MLRC.

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In addition to current jury instructions, WSLL archives outdated jury instructions (Picture 2). Here is our coverage of superseded jury instructions:

Children: 1996-current
Civil: 1960-1967, and replaced pages from 1981 to current versions
Criminal: 1962, and replaced pages from 1980 to current versions

Copies of current or past jury instructions can be requested through the library's Order a Document service. Tell us which type of instruction you need (civil, criminal, or children) and the number (Picture 3).

Librarians can help you locate jury instructions if you don't have a direct citation. Each title has an index and table of contents, and the criminal set also includes a comparison table to look up jury instructions by Wisconsin statute citation. Do you need help locating a Wisconsin jury instruction? Ask a librarian for help!

Wisconsin Jury Instructions can be purchased from the University of Wisconsin's CLEW (Continuing Legal Education for Wisconsin).

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January 21, 2013

WSLL Recommends: Immigration Fundamentals

This month's recommended title is Immigration Fundamentals: A Guide to Law and Practice, by Austin T. Fragomen, Jr and Steven C. Bell

This concise, one volume treatise serves as a useful guide for any practitioner on immigration legal standards and procedures. With the most recent November 2012 update, the authors have fully incorporated all final rules and procedures resulting from the Immigration Act of 1990, the most comprehensive revision of the nation's immigration laws since the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.

The authors provide in depth coverage of each of the major means to gain permanent residence in the United States:
  • Employment based immigration
  • Family sponsored immigration
  • Diversity based immigration
Also covered are nonimmigrant status, employment of aliens, refugees and asylum, administrative and judicial review, and naturalization and citizenship.
Commentaries throughout the treatise are especially useful in providing practice tips and amplifying information. Also included is an extensive list of annotated immigration forms as well as a table of cases and index.

January 15, 2013

Libraries Closed: Monday, January 21

The Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, and Dane County Legal Resource Center will be closed on Monday, January 21st for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

To submit a question to the Wisconsin State Law Library while we are closed, you may call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, January 22nd.

January 13, 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

For those wishing to learn more about the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, commonly known as the fiscal cliff deal, we have a short list of resources explaining the provisions.
The Act's legislative history can be found on Thomas.gov:

January 9, 2013

2011-2012 Wisconsin Statutes Available for Purchase

The Department of Administration's Document Sales & Distribution Unit recently posted purchasing information for the new 2011-2012 Wisconsin Statutes. The prices are:

  • 2011-2012 Hard Cover 6 Volume set: With postage $94.00; Without postage $86.00
  • 2011-2012 Soft Cover 6 Volume set: With postage $59.00; Without postage $51.00
See the order page on the Legislative Reference Bureau's website for more details.

The Wisconsin Statutes ebook has also been updated for 2011-2012.

January 6, 2013

WSLL at Your Service: January 2013

Our January newsletter is now online! An information-packed issue awaits the eager reader, with library service updates, book acquisition news, and timely tips for staying on top of technology.

Highlights include:
As always, your comments are welcome.  Please direct them to the editor, Connie.VonDerHeide@wicourts.gov

January 2, 2013

Sign Up for or Renew After Hours Library Access

Would you like the convenience of using the State Law Library later in the evening or on weekends? If so, subscribe now to our After Hours Service. If you are already a subscriber, now is the time to renew for 2013.

Our reading room: a quiet place for research and study
A calendar-year subscription includes access to the library from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and a key fob for convenient entry into the building. New subscribers will gain access from the time they subscribe to the end of the 2013 calendar year.

As an After Hours subscriber:
  • Gain access to the general library collection
  • Use the electronic resources available on our public access PCs, like Westlaw and HeinOnline
  • Make photocopies
  • Check out circulating library materials

See our After Hours page for more details, or download a first-time subscription or renewal form now.

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