The Brown County Circuit Courts consist of eight judicial branches and is a seperate and independent branch of government. The Circuit Courts work collectively with the Court Commissioners, Register in Probate, Clerk of Courts, and the specialty Treatment Courts to hear and determine all family, civil, small claim, juvenile, mental health, probate, traffic and criminal actions and proceedings unless jurisdiction is assigned to some other court.
The four Brown County Court Commissioners are appointed by the Circuit Judges and aid the Circuit Courts in minimizing court delays by handling cases as directed by the Judges. The Court Commissioners assist the judiciary in handling criminal, traffic, small claims, juvenile and mental health hearings. The Court Commissioners also handle family court matters including divorce, abuse injunctions, and child support enforcement.
The Register in Probate is appointed by the Circuit Judges and maintains the official record for the court and assists the general public as it relates to probate, mental health, guardianship/conservatorship matters. The Register in Probate also provides assistance to the Circuit Courts in adult and juvenile civil committments and performs an annual accounting of trust accounts.