Can I Appeal the Denial of a Pretrial Motion in Wisconsin?


Often, attorneys will file and argue motions before a case goes to trial. Although rulings on these motions do not decide the ultimate fate of the case, they can often make or break a party’s trial strategy.

Due to the importance of pretrial orders, a party may ask the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to review a particular pretrial order. To do this, a party must request permission through a petition. This petition must be filed within 14 days of the entry of judgment or order. Wis. Stat. § 809.50(1).

Importantly, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has complete discretion over which pretrial orders they will review. Although they may decide to hear your appeal, they are not obligated to do so. If they grant your petition for permission to review a pretrial ruling, the case at the lower court level will be put on pause until the Court of Appeals issues a decision on the appeal.

If you are interested in having an appellate attorney assist with the appeal of a pretrial order in your case, please contact The Alderman Law Firm today for your free consultation by calling 720-588-3529 (CO) or 608-620-3529 (WI).