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Brown County Court Records

Brown County Court records consist of documents filed with the courts or generated by the courts during a legal proceeding. Such records document the legal process in court in any civil, criminal, or traffic lawsuit. The Clerk of Court maintains Brown County Court records.

Some examples of court records in Brown County include court documents such as pleadings, briefs, motions, dockets, complaints, depositions, testimony, transcripts, exhibits, affidavits, summons, sentencing information, orders, and judgments. In addition, court records in Brown County hold information about the attorneys and judges who presided over the case.

Court records are vital for a variety of reasons. Some of the benefits of documenting a legal process include:

  • They provide detailed accounts of what transpired in court, safeguarding the legal process by ensuring all cases have an accurate record
  • Court records ensure a fair and impartial legal proceeding
  • Court records may be used as evidence in future lawsuits

Are Court Records Public in Brown County?

Court records are public records in Brown County. Per Section 19.21 of the Wisconsin Open Records Law, all persons are entitled to view and obtain information regarding government affairs at all levels. The law grants access to any records, including any document written, spoken, drawn, printed, or electronically generated by the courts and requested for inspection, viewing, or copying by anyone.

However, a specific provision of the law mandates that some public records be confidential and restricted from public view. Per the law, any record or part of a record revealing personally identifiable information is restricted from public view. The law also exempts from the public any court record where disclosure would constitute a breach of personal privacy. Furthermore, records seekers may not obtain any court document that has special statutory confidential protections.

As such, Brown County Public records do not include medical records, income tax records, adoption records, trade secrets, law enforcement records revealing the identity of confidential informants, juvenile records, child protection agency records, and court records revealing pupils records in elementary, middle, or high school. It also does not include social security numbers, financial information, or driver’s license numbers in a court record.

Wisconsin Open Record Law also restricts certain persons from accessing or obtaining copies of its public records. Per the law, persons incarcerated or persons committed to a mental health institution cannot view, inspect, or obtain copies of public records in Brown County, including court records. 

Brown County Court Records Search

Court records in Brown County originate from the Circuit and Municipal Courts in the county. The Clerk of Court is the record custodian for all court cases filed and heard in the county. Persons seeking Brown County court records may contact the Clerk in person or by mail at the courthouse where the case was heard. Also, the Wisconsin Court System offers an online repository of all lawsuits filed and heard in the state. Record seekers may search Brown County court records using the web tool. 

Brown County Court Records Search by Name

The Wisconsin Court System provides a case search tool for access to court records filed within the state. The case search tool allows records seekers to conduct a court record search by name for civil, criminal, traffic, family law, and eviction cases filed in Brown County. To commence the search, record seekers must have the name on the court record sought and select Brown County from the county drop-down menu.

By default, the court record search by name requires the complete first and last name, or full business name, on the court record. However, where the record name is not fully known, searchers can enter the first three consecutive letters of the name followed by an asterisk sign. Record seekers are not required to create an account to conduct a Brown County court record search by name. Furthermore, there are no fees for viewing the records online.

Brown County Courts

The Brown County Court system comprises a Circuit Court and 12 Municipal courts. The courthouse locations across Brown County are as follows:

Brown County District Court Records

District Courts have general jurisdiction over criminal and civil trial cases, including domestic relations cases, divorce, probate and administration of estates, conservatorship, guardianship, juvenile matters, and small claims. They resolve disputes by establishing the facts and implementing legal principles to determine the aggrieved party. District Courts are usually the starting point for most lawsuits.

While Brown County does not have a state District Court, Wisconsin has two federal District Courts. The Eastern District Court and Western District Courts of Wisconsin. These courts preside over diversity jurisdiction -civil cases involving citizens of different states, and federal question jurisdiction -cases involving the U.S., Constitution, or federal laws.

Brown County Criminal Records

Brown County criminal records contain the complete criminal background and conviction history a person has with law enforcement agencies. Popularly called criminal history or Brown County Arrest Records, it includes detailed information on the arrests, detentions, fingerprints, arrest charges, court findings, convictions, prosecutions, sentencing, and admission into the state correctional system.

Brown County arrest records are public records accessible by anyone making a request. The Department of Justice provides access to the Wisconsin Online Record Check System (WORCS), which is designed for records seekers to submit requests for Brown County criminal record checks and retrieve the results online. To obtain the records, searchers must create a user account and pay the required fees.

Brown County Criminal Court Case Lookup

Brown County criminal records are the papers and documents produced during a criminal court case. The Clerk of Court in Brown County is the custodian of criminal records. Record seekers must have the case number, first and last name on the record, and date of birth of the record to look up Brown County criminal records at the public terminals located at the Clerk of Court office. There is no charge to view the records. However, there is a fee to obtain copies of the record.

Wisconsin Courts provides free online access to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA) to look at criminal court records filed and heard in the state. Searchers can view criminal court case information for Brown County by providing the full name or business name, date of birth, and case number. 

Get Brown County Civil Court Records

Civil court records refer to the documents gathered during a dispute between two or more individuals or businesses. Brown County civil court records are available at the Clerk of Court office. Persons interested in accessing the records may visit the office in person. The office provides public terminals where searchers can access the documents for free.

However, persons who desire to obtain copies of the record will pay a fee to get the record. Record seekers may also mail a written request to the relevant Clerk of Court Office. The request must include the case number, file name, a valid government-issued identification card, and money order for the fees. Brown County civil court records are available online through the WCCA Search tool. Access to civil court records using this platform is free.

Brown County Family Court Records

The Brown County Circuit Court has a Family Court Division, which handles cases involving disputes among family members. Family court cases usually involve child custody and visitation, child support, juvenile matters, adoption, divorce and annulment, emancipation, and domestic violence.

Family Court records are public records. The Clerk of the Circuit Court is the custodian of family records, and persons interested in obtaining certified copies of Brown County Family Court records may request the record in person or by mail.

Requesters must have details of the records and a government-issued identification card to obtain copies of the records. Record seekers may also view family court records for free at any public self-service terminal at the clerk's office. Also, record seekers can access Brown County Family Court records for free using the WCCA case search tool. 

Brown Dissolution of Marriage Records

Dissolution of marriage occurs when persons in a civil partnership want to end their civil partnership permanently. Dissolution of marriage ends a legally binding relationship. The Brown County Clerk of Circuit Court is the record custodian for marriage dissolutions. Persons interested in accessing marriage dissolution records may use one of the self-service terminals at the clerk's office. Records seekers may also request the record by mail. Mail requests for dissolution of marriage records must be accompanied by valid government-issued identification cards and money orders to cover the fees.

Brown County Marriage and Divorce Records

Brown County marriage records consist of marriage licenses, and marriage certificates are public records available only to eligible persons. The Brown County Register of Deeds issues the Brown County Marriage certificate. Record seekers may apply in person or by mail. Requesters must fill out the Wisconsin Marriage Certificate Application Form. Mail or submit the form with a valid photocopy of an identification card and cashier’s check or money order for the fees. Walk-in requesters may pay with cash, credit, or debit cards. It costs $20 for a copy of the marriage record and an additional $3 per subsequent copy.

Divorce records are open to the public. Per state law, only the divorcing couple, their immediate family members, legal representatives, or legal guardians may obtain certified copies of divorce certificates. The Brown County Register of Deeds issues divorce certificates for divorce occurring after January 1, 2016. Persons seeking divorce certificates before January 1, 2016, may contact the Clerk of Circuit Courts.

Record seekers may request Brown County Divorce records in person or by mail. In-person requests for divorce records are available at the Clerk of Circuit Court office from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office accepts cash, credit or debit cards, cashier checks, or money orders for the fees. Persons applying for divorce records by mail must fill out the Wisconsin Divorce Certificate Application Form. Record seekers must submit the form with a photocopy of a valid identification and a cashier’s check or money order for the fees. It costs $20.00 for the first copy of the divorce certificate and $3.00 for each additional copy.

Brown Birth and Death Records

Brown County birth records and death records include Brown County Birth Certificates and death certificates. These records are also part of the records classified as Brown County Vital Records. Persons who require a Brown County Birth Certificate can obtain it in person between 8:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. at the Register of Deeds office or via mail sent to the office. A completed birth certificate application and valid identification is required. The fee for the first record is $20, paid in credit/debit card, cash, and cashier’s checks.

Applicants for death certificates can obtain them in person at the Register of Deeds office between 8:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on work days or via mail. Applicants require a valid identification and a filled-in death certificate application. Applicants can pay the fee of $20 in cash with their debit/credit card or cashier’s check.

Brown County Probate Court Records

Brown County Probate Court records include wills, domiciliary letters, petitions, bonds, accounts, administrations, orders, decrees, petitions, inventories, and distributions. These records help in establishing adoption, guardianship, and lineage, as well as provide information such as the name of the spouse, children, and the date of death of the descendant.

The Circuit Court at the Brown County courthouse handles Probate Court services, while the Brown County Register manages all probate records. Interested parties seeking to obtain records can visit the Register in Probate at:

100 South Jefferson Street
Green Bay WI 54301
Phone: (920) 448-4275

Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday, except for holidays.

Brown County Property Records

Brown County property records include certified survey maps, condominium and plat indexes, deeds, land ownership indexes, mortgages, releases, surveys, assignments, oil and gas, cemetery deeds, power of attorney, and federal and state liens. These property records show the property owner’s name, municipality, district information, land class, acreage, reference documents, tax records, comments, and history.

The county provides a free online search portal for property records. However, this search tool does not allow a name search even though it will display names in the search results. Interested persons can search with names and other property properties at the Brown County Register of Deeds office using the Register of Deeds system. Brown County property records are open to the public during regular business hours at:

Brown County Register of Deeds Office
Northern Building Room 260
305 East Walnut Street
Green Bay WI 54301
Phone: 920-448-4471

Interested persons can visit to search for these records. Alternatively, applicants can submit an Open Records Request. Note that land record searching is strictly by appointment. 

Brown County Court Records Online

Brown County court records are available online through the Wisconsin Court System case search for pending supreme court cases, supreme court, and court of appeals case search. The Wisconsin Circuit Court Access also provides case search for Brown County court records.

Online third-party sources like courtrecords.us also provide Brown County Court records. Operating independently of any government agencies, third-party platforms aim to simplify the court records search process by providing a single access point to multiple sources. Interested persons opting to use online third-party sources also can take advantage of not having to visit the courts and clerks' offices to access these records. However, the record results available on such platforms may vary, and accuracy isn't guaranteed.

Brown County Courts

The Brown County Court system comprises a Circuit Court and 12 Municipal courts. The courthouse locations across Brown County are as follows:

Circuit Courts in Brown County

Brown County Circuit Court
Brown County Courthouse
100 South Jefferson Street
PO Box 23600, Green Bay, WI 54305
Phone: 920-448-4155
Fax: 920-448-4156


Municipal Courts in Brown County

Brown County Joint Municipal Court
Glenmore Community Center
5718 Dickinson Road, De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: 920-660-2331


City of De Pere Municipal Court
335 South Broadway Street, De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: 920-339-2463
Fax: 920-338-9177


City of Green Bay Municipal Court
330 South Jefferson Street, Green Bay, WI 54301
Phone: 920-448-3131
Fax: 920-448-3135


Hobart - Lawrence Municipal Court
2990 South Pine Tree Road, Hobart, WI 54155
Phone: 920-869-3801
Fax: 920-869-2048


Pulaski Municipal Court
Pulaski Village Hall
585 East Glenbrook Drive, PO Box 320, Pulaski, WI 54162
Phone: 920-822-5182
Fax: 920-822-3209


Village of Allouez Municipal Court
1900 Libal Street, Green Bay, WI 54301
Phone: 920-448-2800 ext. 105
Fax: 920-448-2850


Village of Ashwaubenon Municipal Court
2155 Holmgren Way, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
Phone: 920-492-2307
Fax: 920-492-2321


Village of Bellevue Municipal Court
3100 Eaton Road, Bellevue, WI 54311
Phone: 920-844-1077 ext. 4
Fax: 920-884-1075


Village of Denmark Municipal Court
118 East Main Street, Denmark, WI 54208
Phone: 920-863-6440
Fax: 920-863-5169


Village of Howard Municipal Court
2456 Glendale Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54313
Phone: 920-434-4669
Fax: 920-434-4643


Village of Suamico Municipal Court
12781 Velp Avenue, Suamico, WI 54313
Phone: 920-544-8711
Fax: 920-544-8495


Village of Wrightstown Municipal Court
Wrightstown Village Hall
352 High Street, Wrightstown, WI 54180
Phone: 920-532-5547 ext. 30
Fax: 920-532-4996

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