Judge James Morrison

Judge James Morrison is the Chief Judge of the Marinette County Circuit Court of Wisconsin. He serves also as Chair of the Committee of Chief Judges in Wisconsin.

He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Morrison received his undergraduate degree in biology from the College of Saint Thomas in 1970. He graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1973 and was a member of the Minnesota Law Review. Upon his graduation he practiced law in Chicago for three and a half years, representing a wide range of clients. In 1976, he moved to Marinette, Wisconsin and practiced as an attorney until 2012, when he was appointed to the bench by Governor Walker.

During his judicial career, he served as an administrative chief judge of Wisconsin and was involved in Commercial Court Pilot Project. Judge Morrison established a drug court, CASA program, and mental health court in Marinette County. He also served on the Board of Bar Examiners and was chair for two years. Judge Morrison has taught a number of judicial education programs.

He is married to his wife Barbara and has three children and six grandchildren.


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