Welcome to the Western District of Wisconsin


For attorneys, the procedure to open a new civil case has changed. You may request a shell case from the clerk’s office or use the self-serve option in ECF. DO NOT DO BOTH.

The self-serve option is available 24 hours a day seven days a week. However, the court does not provide after-hours support. Please review these instructions before you open a case.

COVID-19 Information

December 30, 2021: Administrative Order regarding CARES act renewal authorizing the use of video and telephone conferencing for criminal events during the COVID-19 emergency

December 30, 2021: Preparing to Participate in a Zoom Hearing

June 5: Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings

Due to restrictions on public access to the courthouse, the U.S. District Court is temporarily livestreaming hearings on YouTube beginning on January 3, 2022. Videos will not be available for viewing after the hearing is concluded. YouTube channel links are:

• Chief Judge James D. Peterson

District Judge William M. Conley

District Judge Barbara B. Crabb

• Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker


Court Information

Chief U.S. District Judge
James D. Peterson

U.S. District Judge
William M. Conley

U.S. District Judge
Barbara B. Crabb

U.S. Magistrate Judge
Stephen L. Crocker

Clerk of Court
Peter Oppeneer

United States District Court
120 N. Henry St., Rm. 320
Madison, WI 53703
Phone:  608-264-5156
Fax:  608-264-5925

Google Map

ECF Help Desk:
866-241-7123 or

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

News & Announcements

Tue, 12/21/2021
The U.S. District Court will be closed on Friday, December 24, 2021, and Friday, December 31, 2021, for the Christmas and New Years holidays. More »
Mon, 11/15/2021
The U.S. District Court will be closed on Friday, November 26, 2021. More »
Mon, 11/08/2021
The U.S. District Court, the U.S. Bankrupcty Court, and the Office of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services will be closed on Thursday, November 11, for Veterans Day. More »
Fri, 10/22/2021
On October 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will hold a video oral argument at 1:00 pm in the consolidated cases of 21-cv-96 and 21-cv-306. More »

Pro Bono Honor Roll

The attorneys listed below are recognized for their service in representing indigent plaintiffs in 2019-2021.  Please see the complete list of attorneys recognized for their contribution.

  • Tomislav Kuzmanovic
  • Andrew Trevino
  • Mollie Kugler
  • Skye Parr
  • Catarina Colón
  • Thomas Heneghan
  • Trevor Brown
  • JoLynn Markison
  • Mriana Al’Taqatqa
  • Anabel Cassady
  • Jacob Harris
  • Paul Cranley
  • Caitlin M. Madden
  • Vanessa Kuettel
  • Jeff Scott Olson
  • Lonnie Story
  • Lonnie Story
  • Debbie Machalow
  • Mark Hancock
  • Stephen J. Eisenberg
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