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Wisconsin Court of Appeals District 3/Tribunal de Apelaciones de Wisconsin, Distrito 3

The Court of Appeals hears cases appealed from Circuit Courts. The state is divided into four Appellate (of or relating to appeals) Districts. Like the Supreme Court, the court of Appeals takes no testimony. Cases are decided on the trial court record, written briefs, and in a few cases, oral argument. Any citizen may appeal a judgment of a Circuit Court to the Court of Appeals. Appellate judges are elected in their respective districts on non-partisan ballots for 6-year terms. _______El Tribunal de Apelaciones oye casos apelados de los Tribunales de Circuito. El estado se divide en cuatro distritos de apelación (de o relacionados con apelaciones). Al igual que el Tribunal Supremo, el tribunal de apelaciones no toma testimonio. Los casos se deciden en el expediente del tribunal de primera instancia, escritos escritos y, en algunos casos, argumentos orales. Cualquier ciudadano puede apelar una sentencia de un Tribunal de Circuito ante el Tribunal de Apelaciones. Los jueces de apelación son elegidos en sus respectivos distritos en boletas no partidarias por períodos de 6 años. Nota: Las respuestas de los candidatos que aparecen en español se tradujeron de las respuestas originales de los candidatos en inglés.

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    Lisa Stark

Biographical Information

What is your judicial philosophy?

Would you be in favor of the adoption by the Supreme Court of standard rules requiring the recusal of judges from cases involving a major campaign contributor or supporter? Why or why not?

The US Supreme Court has issued opinions affirming the principle that youth (defined as minors under 18) are different from adults. Wisconsin is one of only 9 states where 17-year-olds are charged in adult court. Is trying 17-year-olds as adults appropriate in view of the US Supreme Court opinions? Why or why not?

What role could you as a judge play to diminish inequities among the citizens of Wisconsin?

Committee Judge Lisa Stark for Court of Appeals
Campaign email
Campaign Phone (715) 379-1149
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 2113
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Education BA Univ. of WI, Eau Claire; JD Univ. of WI Law School
As a judge, I must be fair, impartial, and independent. I must uphold the rule of law and ensure the rights of all citizens and the fundamental principles of our democracy are protected.

I believe that everyone who comes before our courts is entitled to equal treatment under the law and a "fair playing field". I must be certain my decisions are not tainted by bias or any "agenda". Everyone who comes before the court must feel as if they have had their day in court - that they have been heard and understood.

I consider this judicial position one of public service and I am honored to serve our state and its citizens. I recognize that my decisions impact the lives of many persons and businesses, and appreciate the terrific responsibility of this position and the trust placed in me by the citizens of Wisconsin. The cases I have the privilege to consider are diverse, and whether simple or complex, they deserve my thoughtful, intelligent and unbiased attention.

This issue has been considered by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. To date, the court has declined to issue standard rules requiring recusal from cases involving major campaign contributors or supporters. As a judge of the Court of Appeals, I am bound by their decision. My personal opinions on this issue are not relevant.
Various cases in which similar issues involving the treatment of minors as distinguished from adults have come before me in my work on the Court of Appeals. This issue may be presented for my review in the future. As a result, I do not think I may ethically answer this question, as that may be viewed as prejudging an issue.
In my role as a Court of Appeals Judge I am asked to determine if persons receive equal protection under the law. It is my responsibility to treat all litigants fairly and equitably.

In the past, I have been a member of various legislative study committees that have allowed me to provide information, and permitted me to assist in work toward equitable treatment of Wisconsin citizens. I will continue to act on such committees to the extent possible.

I will continue to support and work to provide access to justice to those who cannot obtain equal access to the justice system.

I will continue to support non-profit organizations providing resources for access to justice.

I will continue to volunteer my time to non-governmental organizations that provide services and support to those persons with addiction issues, victims of crime, and persons transitioning from incarceration to the community.