Milwaukee County Courthouse will partially reopen Monday
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Courthouse will partially reopen Monday, July 15. County Executive Chris Abele announced the progress late Thursday afternoon. The building has been shut down since an aging electrical system sparked a fire Saturday.
Workers have been on site around the clock and will work though the weekend. As of right now, the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors of the Courthouse will be open to the public starting Monday. Damage is more extensive on other levels of the building and will take longer to repair, but crews are working hard to get that done as soon as possible.
"We're just all kind of making room for each other," one courthouse employee said.
People and more than 1,000 employees haven't had access to the building since Saturday's electrical fire. Some services came back Wednesday and Thursday, but all off-site.
For the rest of this week the following services will remain available, please note the new locations:
Individuals who want to file or get information on courtroom reassignment and any other information on their cases should go to room 117 of the Safety Building. Criminal cases, restraining orders and injunctions, civil and criminal filings, criminal court records and intake court and preliminary hearing court are in session in the Criminal Justice Facility.
Electronic filing remains available through the wicourts.gov website.
Wedding licenses are available in room 105 at the City Campus building (2711 W. Wells St.)
The Register of Deeds department is recording the majority of real estate documents that are submitted. These electronically submitted documents (eDocs) are being processed remotely.
Register of Deeds is unable to sell vital records copies but records of birth and death events that occurred within the Cities of Milwaukee and West Allis can be obtained from the health departments of those cities. All other county birth, death and marriage records can be obtained from the state vital records office in Madison.
The Department of Family Care has moved their entire operations off-site and continues serving all of their 8,000 clients of older adults, and people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Milwaukee County Child Support Services will run a satellite office from 9am – 3:30 p.m. at the Marcia P. Coggs Building (1220 W. Vliet Street).
Limited services will be available, but Child Support staff will be on site to meet with participants with child support concerns, and accept payments.
Income withholding notices will still be processed by Milwaukee County staff temporarily working from the Waukesha County Courthouse.
The Wisconsin State Child Support trust fund remains operational, and is processing and crediting payments at this time.