- Carol Thompson
- Clerk of Court
- Wyoming Supreme Court
- Voice: 307.777.7316
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Applications and the rules regarding admission are available at the Wyoming State Bar website under the "Admissions" tab:
If you are applying for admission to another jurisdiction and are a member of the Wyoming Bar, you may be asked to provide a Certificate of Good Standing under the seal of the highest court in the state. The Clerk's office issues the certificate, there is a charge of $10.00 for each certificate issued. Please include payment with your request.
Complaints are made to Disciplinary Counsel at the Wyoming State Bar website under the "Complaints" tab:
Contact the Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics for Wyoming. For more information you can visit the Commission’s website at http://judicialconduct.wyo.gov/.
The Commission does not govern the federal judiciary.
- Wendy Soto, Executive Director
- Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics
- P. O. Box 2645
- Cheyenne, WY 82003
- Voice: 307.778.7792
- FAX: 307.778.8689
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The docket fee for filing an appeal or a petition for review in the Wyoming Supreme Court is $95.00. When filing the notice of appeal in district court, the appellant gives the docket fee (payable to Clerk, Wyoming Supreme Court), to the district court clerk at that time. The clerk will forward the check to the Supreme Court when the appeal is ready to be docketed. If you are filing a petition for review in the Supreme Court, include the docket fee with the petition and copies. Original proceedings are not electronically filed at this time.
After acceptance of an electronically filed document, the original plus six copies of any motion, brief, response to a petition for review or other pleading are required in the Supreme Court. (See Rule 1.01, W.R.A.P.) The only exceptions are motions for extension of time to file brief and motions for voluntary dismissals of cases that have not been briefed. These motions are not conference matters and do not go before the entire Court, the filer need only send one original.
The record remains in the district court until all briefs have been filed, at which time the Supreme Court requests those portions of the record on appeal that has been designated by the parties from the district court. The record may be checked out from the district court to prepare briefs. See Rule 3.05, W.R.A.P. and Rule 3.09, W.R.A.P.
The clerk of district court should have provided an index to the record at the time the case is docketed in the Supreme Court. (Rule 3.05(a)) You may use the page numbers on the index. Although the entire record won't be sent to the Supreme Court, the clerks do not renumber the record after receiving the designations from counsel.
All documents filed in the Supreme Court should be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. See Rule 1.01(b), W.R.A.P. When attaching pleadings prepared on 8 /12 x 14, they are to be reduced to 8 1/2 " x 11" paper.
Our system does the work for you! Go to the Electronic Docket on the Judicial Branch home page. Enter the complete docket number S-XX-XXXX or name of a party and click on "Search." Scroll down the page to "Tickler Information" and you will see any due dates on the calendar.
The required attachment is the order or judgment from which the appeal is being taken. See Rule 7.01(j), W.R.A.P. Don't attach copies of other documents which will be designated and found in the record. Attachments on a brief are not a substitute for the designation of record. Likewise, don't attach copies of depositions or other documents that were never made part of the record in district court.
The electronic docket provides public access to cases before the Court. The hard copies are still used in the same manner as they always have, the justices and law clerks read them for decision making and crafting an opinion, the judicial assistants use them to verify information. The original copy of each pleading is part of the permanent record of the case which eventually goes to the Wyoming State Archives.
No, the Supreme Court instituted mandatory electronic filing for all attorneys. Wyoming Rules of Appellate Procedure 1.07 prohibits fax filings in the Supreme Court.
The Clerk's office will not fax documents. Published opinions are available on the Court website. Recent opinions can be accessed from the main page. From July 1, 2008, forward, you will find case-specific documents electronically filed and beginning November 1, 2010, the Court began posting orders entered in cases. As for other documents unavailable online, we will make requested copies at $0.50 per page for photocopying costs.
Currently, there are only a few forms approved by the Supreme Court, most are found in the pro se divorce packets. You can download the forms found on the Forms page on the Wyoming Judicial Branch website. The packet can also be obtained from the District Court Clerks. The cost for each packet is $ 10.00.
Generally, you can expect a case to be under advisement approximately six to nine months. This is not an exact timeframe because there can be many variables such as the number of issues raised in the appeal, if it is a case of first impression for the Court or the size of the current court docket.
Yes, if you are looking for an older case, those files are retained by the Wyoming State Archives. There is a charge for copying; you may contact the State Archives for more information at:
- Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources
- State Archives
- 2301 Central Avenue
- Cheyenne, WY 82002
No, the law clerks and Justices cannot provide legal advice.
No, the Supreme Court will look at the same record that the lower court used in deciding the case. The Supreme Court does not take evidence like a trial court.
Possibly, contact the Wyoming State Bar at:
- Wyoming State Bar
- P. O. Box 109
- Cheyenne, WY 82003-0109
- If you go to the website, click on Need a Lawyer?.
- You can find out if you may qualify for help. If you do not, there are links to other organizations that may be able to help you.