A friend of mine who is an employee at the courthouse and does much work in small claims court, and more specifically eviction court, forwarded to my attention earlier today a copy of a notice that will soon be posted in Room 400 (Eviction Court) and Room 104 (Clerk of Courts) of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.
The notice addresses the issues of who may sign an eviction summons and complaint and who may appear in court on an eviction lawsuit.
The notice that will be posted reads as follows:
In Small Claims Eviction cases, you may only sign complaints and appear in court on behalf of a property owner if you are one of the following:
- The property owner (if the property is not owned by a corporation/limited liability corporation)
- A full time employee of the property owner
- An attorney
Employees of management companies or other outside service providers may not sign complaints or appear on behalf of property owners
If this notice is going to be posted then it appears as if the clerks, court commissioners and judges will be dismissing eviction lawsuits that violate the above notice.