Last year, Vilas County opened more than 700 new criminal cases.
Almost all of them went before the county’s only circuit court judge, Neal Nielsen.
That made him one of the busiest judges in the state. Statistics show Nielsen is doing the work of about one and a half judges, ranking third in the state in judicial need.
“Obviously, we would like to be able to devote an appropriate amount of time to each case and to resolve those cases swiftly so that everyone had confidence that this was a system that worked well for the citizens of the state,” Nielsen said.