Clerk of Circuit Court and Register in Probate
Dane County Courthouse
215 S Hamilton St.
Madison, WI 53703
Map to the Courthouse
Phone: (608) 266-4311
Fax: (608) 267-8859
TTY: Call Wisconsin Relay 711
7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed all County holidays
Customers should arrive in time to complete all business by 4:30 PM
All filings and requests through the mail require a self addressed stamped envelope to return incorrect and/or processed paperwork and receipts to you. Please ensure all required documents are properly notarized before filing with the court.
Dane County requires certain information to be on the Small Claims Summons and Complaint
form, SC-500. Dane County has made filing of this document easier by providing form
SC-500 with the required information already added to the form.
Summons and Complaint Form
download this form or go to the Dane County Legal Resource Center to obtain a copy.
It is requested that the SC-500 on the Dane County Clerk of Courts website be used as
opposed to the blank version on the state website. Filing the version on the state
website will only delay the processing time, as you will be required to fill in that
information at the time of filing, and make your copies after you have the form
Note to users: Forms in PDF format are not fillable and need to be
printed out to be completed. Forms in Word format are fillable, but
fields expand as you type. Make sure you print out all pages of the forms
as text may have added more pages than the original format.
Printed copies of these forms are also available from the Dane County Legal Resource Center for a small fee. Call (608) 266-6316 for more information.
If you file an action WITHOUT an attorney, you are responsible for details. These responsibilities include:
- Reading the Small Claims Guide
- Properly naming all parties
- Securing all party addresses
- Properly submitting the claim
- Making sure the action was properly, and timely, served
- Making court appearances
- Complying with statutory and local court rules and procedures
- Taking post-judgment action to enforce collection of any judgment
- Satisfying paid judgments
The Clerk of Courts office serves record keeping functions and is available to assist you with non-legal, procedural, information.
Small Claims Information Documents
Note on Writs of Eviction: If you are awarded a writ for eviction, it is
suggested that you check with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office prior to obtaining
the writ if you are going to arrange the move independently, not through the Dane
County Sheriff’s Office. If you obtain a writ and take it directly to the Dane
County Sheriff’s Office, you should advise them at that time whether or not you will
be arranging the move yourself or having the Sheriff's Department do the move. If
you plan on doing it yourself, request instructions from the Sheriff’s Department on
what you need to do.
Small Claims Documents