Cook v. Cook, 208 Wis. 2d 166, 560 N.W.2d 246 (1997)

The judges on Wisconsin’s Court of Appeals are elected from 4 different districts in the state. Writing for a unanimous court, Chief Justice Abrahamson explained that the Wisconsin Constitution and statutes require the 4 districts to function as a unitary court of appeals. They cannot overrule each other. Only the Wisconsin Supreme Court may overrule, modify, or withdraw language from a published decision from the court of appeals.