State ex rel. David C. Myers v. Swenson, 2004 WI App 224, PFR filed 11/24/04
For Myers: Christopher T. Sundberg; Bruce D. Huibregtse
¶6. A motion to quash a writ of certiorari is akin to a motion to dismiss. Fee v. Board of Review, 2003 WI App 17, ¶7, 259 Wis. 2d 868, 657 N.W.2d 112. Both a motion to quash and a motion to dismiss test the legal sufficiency of the facts alleged in the complaint. We review such motions de novo. We also independently determine whether a court has competency to proceed and whether a statute is constitutional. State v. Pharm, 2000 WI App 167, ¶11, 238 Wis. 2d 97, 617 N.W.2d 163 (standard of review for competency); Maurin v. Hall, 2004 WI 100, ¶93, __ Wis. 2d __, 682 N.W.2d 866 (standard of review for constitutionality). We will uphold the constitutionality of a statute unless the party challenging it demonstrates its unconstitutionality beyond a reasonable doubt. Maurin, 682 N.W.2d 866, ¶93.