Signing of judicial security legislation

March 27, 2024 – State Bar of Wisconsin President Dean R. Dietrich lauded the enactment of bipartisan judicial security legislation today.

The package of three bills aims to bolster security for judicial officers by protecting personal information and shielding judges’ residences from protestors.

The bills were authored by Representatives Ron Tusler (R-Harrison), Sylvia Ortiz-Velez (D-Milwaukee), and Sheila Stubbs (D-Madison), and Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and former Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). Governor Tony Evers signed the bills into law during a ceremony at the State Capitol earlier today.

“The State Bar has long advocated for protecting judges and everyone involved in the justice system,” Dietrich said.

“We’ve all seen the disturbing increase in violence against judges, their families, and attorneys. From Judge John Roemer to Sara Quirt Sann, the State Bar and its members have faced the worst of situations in our profession. I am thankful to the legislature and the authors for taking this important step.”

For more on these bills, read the release on the Wisconsin Court Sysem website.