FAQs

Circuit Courts Index

How do I contact the Clerk of Court Office?
  • Phone No. 715-485-9299
  • Fax No. 715-500-6525
  • HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:25pm
  • Every Second Tuesday of the month the Window does not open until 9:30am.
How do I make a payment?
Cash, Check or Credit Card – Please do not mail/send cash
Internet service fee with credit card = 3.5% (minimum $3.50)
Phone service fee with credit card = 4.75% (minimum $5.00)

Mail payments to:

Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300 Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810 Payments accepted at the Clerk of Court Office. Payments can be made at www.GovPayNow.com. Pay location code: 1533. Payments can be made at Phone No. 888-604-7888. Pay location code: 1533.
Who do I make payments payable to?
Clerk of Court.
What is the charge for making copies?
$1.25 per page.
Bond Modification Class

Bond Modification Class

Bond Modification Education Class for Accused required in order for the Judge to consider to modify a no contact order. Call Community Referral Agency to schedule class appointment at 715-825-4414. This class is held every other Wednesday at 10:00am at the Polk County Justice Center. $25.00 cash only charge to be paid in full at the beginning of the class.

Class information:

On Wednesday arrive at the Justice Center by 9:45am. Class is held in the multi-purpose room. Only those who have scheduled an appointment are allowed in the room. After you have completed the class successfully, return completed paperwork to the District Attorney Office and the Clerk of Courts. It is important to remember that even though you take this course does not guarantee that the no contact order will be modified.

CRA Information
The Community Referral Agency (CRA) provides many services for victims/survivors of domestic & sexual violence. The available services are secure temporary shelter, provide shelter options for male victims, crisis line 24/7, weekly support groups, one on one advocacy, and advocacy, support and empowerment in legal, medical, human service and other agencies: attend meetings, court hearings, forensic exams, restraining orders, information and referral, community education, and safe exchange.

You can contact the CRA in many different ways:

Crisis Text Line: 715-553-3359; Polk County Office: 715-825-4414; Burnett County Office: 715-349-7272; Barron County Office: 715-651-4969; or Fax and TTY: 715-825-4418.

Find them on Facebook under Community Referral Agency or at website: www.crashelter.org.

If there is an emergency dial 911.

Domestic Violence Education Class for Victims
This class is required in order for the Judge to consider to modify a no contact order. Contact CRA to schedule class appointments. CRA Phone #715-825-4414.

The classes are held every other Wednesday; 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Polk County Justice Center.

Information for attending the class:

On Wednesday arrive at the Justice Center by 9:45am. Go the District Attorney Office to get your paperwork to bring with you to the class held in the multi-purpose room. Only those who have scheduled an appointment are allowed in the room. After you have completed the class successfully, return completed paperwork to the District Attorney Office and appear before the Judge around 1:00pm. it is important to remember that even though you take this course does not guarantee that the no contact order will be modified.

Lawyer Referral System
Please call 800-362-9082 (Statewide - Hours: 8am to 5pm, M-F) or online at www.wisbar.org/needalawyer

Low Cost Options: The program does offer a low cost options and resources for those who qualify for the Modest Means Program. To find out if you qualify go to: www.wisbar.org/reducedfee for more information.

Safe Exchange Program

The safe exchange program assist parents in the transfer of their children from one to the other for visitation and/or custody. This service is provided by the Community Referral Agency for a small fee.

The safe exchange program is offered through CRA (Community Referral Agency, Inc) to all who wish to participate. To receive more information about the program please contact CRA at:

Safe Exchange: 715-566-4758; Office Phone: 715-825-4414; Crisis Line: 800-261-7233

Tips for parents:

Read and understand your court order regarding custody and visitation; Explain to your child how and where the exchanges will take place; Have your child at the location on time; Respect the relationship your child has with the other parent; Reassure your child that you want him or her to have a good relationship with the other parent; Avoid quizzing your child about the other parent's activities and relationships; Remember that your child is not a messenger to the other parent; Provide your child's belongings including clothes and medication, also favorite personal objects, such as blankets, stuffed animals; Make sure the belongings your child brought to your home are returned to their other home and Be objective and non-critical of the other Parent.

Self Help Center
Link to the State Courts Website self-help center. www.wicourts.gov/services/public/selfhelp/index.htm.

State Law Library Link
Link to the State Law Library website. www.wilawlibrary.gov 

Free Legal Advice Online
Link to Wisconsin Legal Advice Online, which offers free legal advice on limited topics to eligible individuals. www.wilegaladvice.org

CRA Information

The Community Referral Agency (CRA) provides many services for victims/survivors of domestic & sexual violence. The available services are secure temporary shelter, provide shelter options for male victims, crisis line 24/7, weekly support groups, one on one advocacy, and advocacy, support and empowerment in legal, medical, human service and other agencies: attend meetings, court hearings, forensic exams, restraining orders, information and referral, community education, and safe exchange.

You can contact the CRA in many different ways:

Crisis Text Line: 715-553-3359; Polk County Office: 715-825-4414; Burnett County Office: 715-349-7272; Barron County Office: 715-651-4969; or Fax and TTY: 715-825-4418.

Find them on Facebook under Community Referral Agency or at website: www.crashelter.org.

If there is an emergency dial 911.

Domestic Violence Education Class for Victims

This class is required in order for the Judge to consider to modify a no contact order. Contact CRA to schedule class appointments. CRA Phone #715-825-4414.

The classes are held every other Wednesday; 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Polk County Justice Center.

Information for attending the class:

On Wednesday arrive at the Justice Center by 9:45am. Go the District Attorney Office to get your paperwork to bring with you to the class held in the multi-purpose room. Only those who have scheduled an appointment are allowed in the room. After you have completed the class successfully, return completed paperwork to the District Attorney Office and appear before the Judge around 1:00pm. it is important to remember that even though you take this course does not guarantee that the no contact order will be modified.

Lawyer Referral System

Please call 800-362-9082 (Statewide - Hours: 8am to 5pm, M-F) or online at www.wisbar.org/needalawyer

Low Cost Options: The program does offer a low cost options and resources for those who qualify for the Modest Means Program. To find out if you qualify go to: www.wisbar.org/reducedfee for more information.

Safe Exchange Program

The safe exchange program assist parents in the transfer of their children from one to the other for visitation and/or custody. This service is provided by the Community Referral Agency for a small fee.

The safe exchange program is offered through CRA (Community Referral Agency, Inc) to all who wish to participate. To receive more information about the program please contact CRA at:

Safe Exchange: 715-566-4758; Office Phone: 715-825-4414; Crisis Line: 800-261-7233.

Tips for parents:

Read and understand your court order regarding custody and visitation; Explain to your child how and where the exchanges will take place; Have your child at the location on time; Respect the relationship your child has with the other parent; Reassure your child that you want him or her to have a good relationship with the other parent; Avoid quizzing your child about the other parent's activities and relationships; Remember that your child is not a messenger to the other parent; Provide your child's belongings including clothes and medication, also favorite personal objects, such as blankets, stuffed animals; Make sure the belongings your child brought to your home are returned to their other home and Be objective and non-critical of the other Parent.

Self Help Center
State Law Library Link
Link to the State Law Library website. wilawlibrary.gov
Free Legal Advice Online
Link to Wisconsin Legal Advice Online, which offers free legal advice on limited topics to eligible individuals. www.wilegaladvice.org
How do I check when my court date is?
www.wicourts.gov – go to Case Search-Circuit Court, Click on “I Agree” and it will bring you to a screen where you can put in the information to check on a court date.
Modest Means Panel
Modest Means Panel, which offers free referral to attorneys who charge reduced rates to low-income client. www.wisbar.org/modestmeans.
Lawyer Referral Service
State Bar of Wisconsin's Lawyer Referral Service, which offers free referrals to attorneys who charge their regular rate. www.wisbar.org.
Where do I find Court documents?
How do I file a small claims action?
A claim that is $10,000.00 or under the Plaintiff can go to www.wicourts.gov or to the Clerk of Court office. If you use www.wicourts.gov go to Forms-Circuit Court-Small Claims and you will need forms SC-500 Summons and Complaint-Small Claims) and GF-175 (Affidavit of Nonmilitary Service).
How do I file a garnishment?
After a judgment has been entered in your favor you can pick up paperwork from the Clerk of Court office or you may go online at www.wicourts.gov and print off the correct paperwork. The paperwork that you will need is CV-421 (Earnings Garnishment Notice). The filing fee for a garnishment under $10,000.00 is $92.50. If the garnishment is over $10,000.00 the filing fee is $210.50. This needs to accompany the Earnings Garnishment Notice to the Clerk of Court office.
How do I satisfy a judgment?
The Plaintiff will need to complete form GF-129 (Satisfaction of Judgment). There is a $5.00 filing fee that needs to accompany the completed form.
How do I docket a judgment?
The plaintiff needs to pay a $5.00 docket fee to the Clerk of Court office.
What is the filing fee for a civil matter (over $10,000)?
$265.50
What is the filing fee for a divorce action?
Without children or maintenance requested the filing fee is $184.50. With children or maintenance is requested the filing fee is $194.50.
What is the filing fee for a Name Change and what forms do I need?
$164.50 Forms are available online at www.wicourts.gov. Go to Forms-Circuit Court-Civil.
Where do I go to get Restraining Order paperwork?
Clerk of Court office.
What is the cost of a Restraining Order?
Domestic Abuse $0.00. Child Abuse, Vulnerable Adult $0.00. Harassment $164.50.
How can I enter a Not Guilty plea to a traffic citation?
In person at the Clerk of Court Office. Fax a Not Guilty plea letter to Clerk of Court office at 715-500-6525. Mail a written Not Guilty plea letter to Clerk of Court office.