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NOTE: Court Branch numbers are NOT the same as floor numbers.
Security Procedures at the Dane County Courthouse - Weapon Screening Notice
Persons charged with misdemeanor crimes may be able to post bail and be released and will have to return to the Dane County Courthouse at a later date. Out of custody initial appearance hearings are held in Courtroom 1A of the Dane County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison.
Persons charged with felony crimes MUST WAIT in jail for an initial appearance before a court commissioner. These hearings are held Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building (Dane County Jail), 115 W. Doty St, Madison. The jail is adjacent to the courthouse.
Dane County Circuit Court Initial Appearance Court (In Custody) Live Stream (starts at 1:30 pm Monday – Friday)
Pay bail in person at the Bail/Release window at the Public Safety Building (Dane County Jail), 115 W. Doty St., Madison, WI, on the ground floor. The jail accepts cash, credit cards, money orders, or cashier’s checks. Cash bail can also be paid at any Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin; simply let them know you are bailing someone out in Dane County.
Link to District Attorney's Court Process and How to post bail.
This depends on why someone is in jail. People serving sentences have a scheduled release date if no other charges or warrants exist. Those being held on a probation or parole violations can only be released by their probation or parole agent. To contact a person’s probation or parole agent, call the Department of Corrections Central Records at 608-240-3750 and provide the person’s name, date of birth, or inmate number.
Here are some general tips: