Gov. Evers signs bill creating 12 new circuit court branches

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks with the media at an event Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Madison, Wis. Evers says he wants the Legislature to pass a pair of gun safety bills and has concerns with cutting taxes as Republicans have proposed as he detailed his priorities for the fall session speaking at an event organized by (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that creates 12 new circuit court branches in Wisconsin over the next three years, a move designed to help address backlogs.

Four new branches will be created in each of the next three years, starting in 2021, the first expansion of Wisconsin's court system since 2010.

The director of state courts, Randy Koschnick, will assign the new judges based on need across the state.

A county would have to pass a resolution in support of adding a court in order to get one.