Milwaukee Co. Courthouse to partially open next week

CREATED Jul. 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul. 11, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County Courthouse will re-open part of its operations again next Monday, according to a spokesman.

The courthouse building has been closed after a number of power problems connected to a basement fire which caused extensive damage last weekend.

The work crews have done to clean the building from smoke damage is allowing the courthouse's 5th, 6th and 7th floors to open on Monday.

That means criminal, family court, small claims and jury trials can resume then.

The spokesman said other floors on the courthouse had more extensive smoke damage.

The following involves the status of other courthouse services:

- Courts.  Criminal cases, civil and criminal filings, restraining orders/injunctions, criminal court cases are all being restored.

People can head to room 117 of the Safety Building for information on courtroom reassignment and other case info.

People can also find electronic filing information through wicourts.gov.

Interim facilities director Gary Waszak said that there was the possibility for more power interruptions.

- County Clerk.  People can pick up marriage licenses starting Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at the City Campus building.

- Register of Deeds.  The department is recording most real estate document submissions.  They can't sell vital record copies, but people in Milwaukee and West Allis can receive birth and death recordsthrough their cities' health departments.

The State Vital Records office can also help you obtain birth, death and marriage records.

- Department of Family Care.  The county said it has moved its operations off site, but did not disclose where they are located.  They say workers are still serving 8,000 clients.

- Child Support Services.  That department will start working from the Marcia Coggs Center on 12th and Vliet on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with limited services.