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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.


The U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court are hosting the Federal Judiciary Institute on August 1, 2019. This new program for high school educators offers in-depth information on the vital role of courts in American government....


Electronic Filing to be Suspended at Noon on Friday, April 5 for Installation of NextGen System.

NextGen General Order.pdf


The Seventh Circuit Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is 
sponsoring a free CLE on mentorship in the legal profession on Monday, 
March 11, from noon-1:30 p.m., at the Milwaukee Federal Courthouse.  A 


The Federal Judiciary has developed a Next Generation (NextGen) Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system that will allow attorneys to use the same account for both PACER and electronic filing access.

The District Court...


February 11, 2019
MILWAUKEE, Wis.- Effective January 1, 2019, the Honorable G. Michael Halfenger has been appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He replaces the Honorable Susan V. Kelley...


In a letter dated January 22, 2019, to President Donald J. Trump, I
announced my intention to move from active to senior status effective
December 31, 2019.
By that time, I will have completed my 7-year term as Chief Judge of...


For the immediate future, all proceedings will occur as normal during any government shutdown.


United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2018, and Tuesday, December 25, 2018, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The court is closed on December 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019...


In recognition of the President’s announcement of a National Day of Mourning for George H.W. Bush, the Wisconsin Eastern District court will be closed on Wednesday, December 5.