Wisconsin has an online portal that provides access to certain public records of the state’s courts. The records can be viewed by anyone, regardless of whether they are a Wisconsin resident or not. This article will show you how to use CCAP Wisconsin Court Records.
The website for the WCCA (Wisconsin Circuit Court Access) portal is at www.wccabeta.wicourts.gov.
How to Access CCAP Wisconsin Court Records
For those who want to search for public records and cases on the portal, just follow the steps below.
1. Copy the URL link of the WCCA portal above and paste it into the address bar of your web browser of choice. Alternatively, you can use the old version of the WCCA portal at www.wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl if the new one is down.
2. Read the WCCA page thoroughly and carefully so that you’ll know what to expect when using the portal. Once you’ve read through everything and approved of the terms, click on the blue “I agree” button.
3. Clicking on the button will take you to the search page itself. Take note that you would need to provide certain information before the portal can pull records for you. The information that you can provide include:
a. The person’s complete first name and last name. You can also provide a middle name if the person has one. There’s a checkbox that you can tick off if you want records from parties without middle names.
b. Business name. It’s best if you can provide the exact name of the business as it is written on its public registration records.
c. Case number. You can type in the exact case number or a shortened version of it (e.g. for case 2003cf000001, you can type in 03cf1- with the zeros omitted). To further narrow down the results, you can specify the exact county where you want the records to be pulled from. If you don’t know what county the record will be coming from, then just leave it at “Statewide.”
Notes to remember: You need to have at least one of the required information above to search for records on the portal. You can provide the birth date (if there’s any) and county if you want more accurate results.
4. The portal will then present you a list of results that match your search parameters. Depending on whether or not the person you’re looking for has a common name, this list can number into the hundreds. Thankfully, the search results page also has filter options. Aside from the search parameters mentioned above, you can also filter the results according to filing date and case status (Open, Closed, Filed Only). You also have the option to search the captions from the results pages.
5. If you find the case that you’re looking for, just click on the case number. Complete the captcha prompt that will pop up.
6. Upon answering the captcha, you’ll be taken to a condensed account of the results of the case (whether the defendant was found guilty or not, etcetera). You need to click on the “More Details” button if you want a full account of the case. This will take you to a page with more complete records, which may include the list of the full charges against the defendant, history of charges and sentences, citations, court receivables, and others.