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Overview of the Wisconsin Court System

The state of Wisconsin is home to 69 circuit courts separated into 10 judicial districts. The Wisconsin Circuit Court as a whole is responsible for overseeing criminal and civil cases. The potential for procedural errors among the circuit courts led to the formation of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in 1977, which is charged with reviewing the opinions and conduct of lower courts if and when the need arises.

At the highest level sits the Wisconsin Supreme Court, whose jurisdiction encompasses that of both the Court of Appeals and the circuit courts. The Wisconsin Supreme Court exercises jurisdiction over the constitutionality of various legislative actions, cases up for appellate review and more.

Wisconsin Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated Wisconsin attorney by location and by practice area. We have Wisconsin attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

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Starting a Wisconsin Business

The State of Wisconsin Business Services site offers prospective business owners the tools they need to allow their organization to thrive in Wisconsin. Potential entrepreneurs may find information regarding state business regulations, employment statistics and why the state is a great place to start a new business. The website also links to Forward Wisconsin, where visitors may peruse the state's tax regulations and compare them to neighboring states.

Wisconsin Business Statistics

The three most prominent Fortune 500 companies to be found in Wisconsin are Johnson Controls (JCI), Manpowergroup (MAN) and Kohls ( KSS).

Furthermore, the 439,699 small businesses in Wisconsin employ approximately 51.8 percent of the state's private-sector labor and consist of 97.8 percent of its employers. Unemployment in recent years has decreased in the aftermath of the 2007-2010 economic crisis, and the Bureau of Labor Analysis reports that Wisconsin's real gross state product increased by 3.7 percent in 2011. 75 percent of these small businesses have no employees whatsoever while the vast majority of them have fewer than 20 employees.