Court officials are worried about a shortage of judges in the state. State Supreme Court spokeswoman Amanda Todd says Wisconsin will need at least 18 more judges to help keep up with growing caseloads. The need comes from growing caseloads on the circuit court level. Todd says they've seen filings climb by 150,000 cases over about the past decade.
Todd says court officials will make a formal request later this year that will go before the legislature. Lawmakers will have to approve any additional judgeships. The recommendation comes from a study conducted by the National Center for State Courts.