Chief Judge Needham to seek re-election this spring

HUDSON – Chief Judge Scott R. Needham, who has served in St. Croix County Circuit Court for 23 years, will seek election to a fourth term in April 2018.

Since his last election, Needham has continued to receive recognition both within and outside of the court system for his fairness, knowledge of the law and leadership skills. Last spring, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reappointed Needham to continue serving as Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial District.

[emember_protected] In this role, Needham is responsible for the administration of the courts in the state’s largest judicial district, which encompasses a group of 13 northwestern Wisconsin counties. During the 2016 -17 term, Needham served as Chairman of the Committee of Chief Judges.  He also continues to sit as a full time judge in St. Croix County.  

In 2010, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) presented Needham with its ‘Trial Judge of the Year’ award, calling the judge “conscientious and diligent.” In a recent survey of attorneys in the area, Needham received the following comments:  “Very well respected. First-rate judge. Decisive. Fair. Prepared. He is bright, cares about the community he lives in and the legal community who practices there.  He listens and treats everyone with respect.”

Needham’s recognition as Trial Judge of the Year and his reappointment as Chief Judge reflect the active role he has played in improving the justice system in Wisconsin. He serves on the STOP Grant Committee, which helps to fund initiatives designed to improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence and child abuse. He is also a member of the statewide Child Welfare Committee and has recently been elected by his peers to the Wisconsin Judicial Council.  In addition, he has been active in developing continuing educational programs for Wisconsin judges and attorneys.

In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Needham in a zoning / regulatory takings case: Murr vs. St. Croix County and State of Wisconsin.  This was the first Wisconsin case to reach the high court in nearly four decades.

Prior to his election to the bench in 1994, Needham worked in private law practice for 16 years.

Needham resides in New Richmond with his wife, Jean, who currently serves as Director of Five Loaves / Two Fish – a non-profit in New Richmond. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. [/emember_protected]