TIPS ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN REMOTE COURT HEARINGS
Court Operations Status Update
Statewide map reflecting court operations status for each county (i.e. remote, in-person w/jury, or in-person w/no jury)
CLERK OF COURT CUSTOMERS:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to serve you without requiring you to enter the courthouse building whenever possible, to help prevent the possible transmission of the coronavirus. Please call our office at 683-4030 for assistance on how to transact your business using alternate methods. We will instruct you accordingly.
For your convenience, we also have a drop box available next to our entrance door to avoid in-person contact, if you need to drop off a filing or a payment.
SERVICE COUNTERS IN CLERK OF COURT LOBBY ARE NOW OPEN (effective 6-15-20) with the following restrictions:
If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do not enter Clerk of Court lobby.
To comply with safe social distancing practices, only two customers (or one related group) allowed at a time in Clerk of Court lobby (including public access computers).
All paperwork should be completed before entering the Clerk of Court lobby…..with the exception of notarizations. A clipboard will be provided upon request to complete paperwork in rotunda area.
Due to the confined space in the Clerk of Court lobby, face coverings are required by everyone present in the lobby transacting business or using the public access computers.
Hand sanitizer is available and use is encouraged by everyone transacting business with Clerk of Court staff.
Disinfectant wipes are available to wipe down common shared surfaces and pens.
PUBLIC ACCESS TO REMOTE COURT PROCEEDINGS
Access can be provided to the public and/or media to any remote court proceedings that are open to the public by contacting the judicial assistant for the judge assigned to the case. Access can be provided either to the Zoom hearing or livestream via You Tube.
Contact information for judicial assistants:
Branch 1 (Judge Mark Rohrer)…….Angela Linderud (920) 683-2758
Branch 2 (Judge Jerilyn Dietz)…….Jobeth Hoefner (920) 683-4042
Branch 3 (Judge Robert Dewane)…Robbie Marcelle (920) 683-4022
STATEMENT ON COURT PROCEEDINGS (issued by Manitowoc County Circuit Court Judges 1-20-21)
Please be advised that the Circuit Courts of Manitowoc County continue to monitor the COVID-19 infection rates within the county and statewide with an eye toward when we will be able to safely resume in-person court appearances. In the meantime, all courts, including all three circuit court branches, the family court commissioner, and the circuit court commissioner, remain in session full-time. All court appearances at this time are being conducted virtually, using available technology. The courts are not closed. All parties are expected to participate in their court hearings. If you do not know how to do so, please contact the Clerk of Courts Office at (920) 683-4030. Additionally, the courts continue to be open to the public, and anyone interested is welcome and encouraged to call for instructions as to how to view in any non-confidential or closed hearing.
No jury trials will be held in Manitowoc County Circuit Court at least through the month of February.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, DRUG COURT ATTENDANCE
IS LIMITED TO PARTICIPANTS AND STAFF ONLY
Order Approving Operational Plan for the Resumption of In-Person
Proceedings and Jury Trials in Manitowoc County (effective 6-22-20)
Order Withdrawing Partial Approval of the Operational Plan for the
Resumption of In-Person Proceedings and Jury Trials In Manitowoc
County (revised 10-15-20)
HOW TO GET FREE LEGAL ADVICE DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
Web portal “Wisconsin Free Legal Answers” 250 volunteer attorneys ready to answer your non-criminal legal questions. Click on “OPEN” to connect.
Confidential/ Sealed Documents and Cases
- Confidential documents/cases are confidential by statute
- Sealed documents/cases are made confidential by court order
Court records are open public records unless deemed confidential by statute or by court order. Confidential records are only accessible to parties of the action or counsel of record. Court records that are sealed by the court require an order of the court to unseal.
MCCAC Meeting Schedule
Meets every other month (February, April, June, no meeting in August, October, December)
1st Friday of the month, at 8:30 a.m.
Manitowoc County Courthouse Security Meetings
Meets February, May, August & November
1st Thursday of the month, at 8:00 a.m.
2021 Courthouse Holiday Calendar
Notice Regarding Courtroom Restrictions
and Requirement for Proper Attire
Please be advised that all bags, purses and backpacks are restricted from all courtrooms. Please make arrangements to either leave these items at home or lock them safely in your vehicle upon arrival at the courthouse to avoid having to make a return trip to your vehicle.
No food or drinks are allowed in any of the courtrooms, so be prepared to dispose of the same before entering the courtroom.
Proper attire is required for all court appearances. You may dress comfortably, but please avoid wearing ragged or revealing clothing, including oversized or low cut jeans which expose underwear or your body, low cut tops, halter tops, tank tops, pajama bottom/lounge pants, any clothing bearing offensive slogans, or hats.
Directions to Courthouse (from I-43)
Take Exit 149, follow signs for 151 North until you reach the intersection of South 8th and Washington Streets. Courthouse is on the right, at 1010 South 8th Street.151 North will become Calumet Avenue, and then after the “S” intersection at S. 26th Street, it changes to Washington Street, but just follow the signs for 151 North.
Courthouse address: 1010 S. 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220
Clerk of Court phone: (920) 683-4030
To Request Making Your Court Appearance By Phone
In certain circumstances, the court may allow you to make your court appearance by phone. You can make this request by contacting the judicial assistant for the judge or court commissioner scheduled to preside over your hearing. If your request is granted, you will be provided with the phone number to call in for your scheduled hearing. See Court Official Directory for phone contact information.
Ex Parte Communication
“Ex parte” is a Latin phrase meaning “on one side only; by or for one party.” An ex parte communication occurs when a party to a case or a person affiliated with a party to a case communicates with a judge without the knowledge of other parties to the case. For example, a letter addressed to just the judge is considered an ex parte communication because no other party to the action has access to it. Also, a phone call directly to the judge would not be permitted unless all parties or their attorneys were participating in the phone call. To ensure fairness to all parties, a judge shall not initiate, permit or consider ex parte communications made to the judge outside the presence of the parties or their attorneys.
To avoid ex parte communication, complete copies of all correspondence and pleadings addressed to the judge should be provided to all parties of the action, and copy distribution should be clearly documented at the bottom of the correspondence.
Media Coordinator List
The media coordinator system was established by Chapter 61 of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules. Media coordinators are generally working members of the media who volunteer to help facilitate media access to the state’s circuit courts, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
News Reporters Legal Handbook
Published by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Media Law Subcommittee of the Public Education Committee in cooperation with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (6th Edition, August 2013)
To Schedule Tours of Elected Offices and Jail (for community civic groups or local schools)
To arrange for a tour of the elected offices of the courthouse (including County Clerk’s office, Register of Deeds office and County Treasurer’s office) and possible court observation or a presentation by one of our circuit court judges, call the County Clerk’s office at (920)683-4003 to make scheduling arrangements. This typically takes approximately one hour. If you want to include a tour of the Manitowoc County Jail, which also takes about one hour, contact Holly Herzog at (920) 683-4194, and then coordinate the scheduling with the County Clerk.
To Find Naturalization/Citizenship Records for Manitowoc County
Contact the Cofrin Library at the UWGB at (920) 465-2539 or email them at: [email protected]
Complete form legibly, including case number(s). Address will be changed only on cases indicated. Clerk of Court requires all address changes to be given in writing. Submit completed
form to Clerk of Court in person, by mail or by fax.
Attorney Name or Address Change (Manitowoc County instructions)
Instructions to assist attorneys with making name and/or address changes statewide in CCAP.
Circuit Court Forms
Circuit Court Filing Fees
Circuit Court Classification Codes
Case Search (WCCA) Case search options for Wisconsin Circuit and Supreme Courts
WCCA (Wisconsin Circuit Court Access) FAQs
Credit Reporting Agencies
Equifax –Phone: 1-800-685-1111
Experian – Phone: 1-888-397-3742
Transunion – Phone: 1-800-888-4213
By law, you are entitled to received one free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies each year through Annual Credit Report to help you clear up discrepancies on your credit report or detect signs of identity theft early.
Identity Theft/Privacy Protection Fact Sheets (DATCP)
Manitowoc County Local Court Rules
Recommended Guidelines for Court Exhibits (Manitowoc County policy)
Informational resource to provide direction for effectively managing court exhibits at trial
Supreme Court Rules
Chapter 72 – Retention of Court Records
ADA Accommodations Frequently Asked Questions About the ADA and Courts – Wisconsin Court System
ADA Accommodations Wisconsin Circuit Courts ADA Public Notice
ADA Policies and Procedures (wicourts link)
ADA Accommodation Request(GF-153) used to assist the court in determining what accommodation might be necessary for a party, witness, juror, attorney, or other individual to participate in court proceedings
Interpreter Request (GF-149) used to request a qualified interpreter for parties involved in any case type of court proceedings
Interpreter Certification Program
The Clerk of Court office contracts with qualified court interpreters to provide interpretation services required in various court proceedings. Interpreters may be utilized for both language and hearing impaired interpretation services.
Language Access Plan
This document serves as a plan for Manitowoc County to provide meaningful access to all Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons who use the court’s services. The purpose of this policy is to
establish effective guidelines consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 13166 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Open Records Request (Manitowoc County form) for requesting copies from a Manitowoc County court file; complete form as instructed and make applicable required payment
Public Records Notice – Manitowoc County Clerk of Circuit Court
The office of Clerk of Circuit Court maintains court records and exhibits for civil, paternity, family, juvenile, criminal, traffic, ordinance violations, and small claims cases; lien records and lien docket of all money judgments of the court; oaths of office for court commissioners, municipal judges, sheriff’s deputies, and deputy clerks; as well as jury management records, interpreter records, law library information, financial, accounting and budget records, statistical records, and various management records.
Tax Intercept Appeal Procedure
The Tax Refund Interception Program (TRIP) appeal procedure for Manitowoc County.
Transcript Request (Manitowoc County forms); Requests to have an original transcript of a court hearing prepared need to be made in writing to the court reporter. The court reporter will advise requestor of the cost, and prepayment will be required. If a transcript is already part of the court record, it can be purchased from the court reporter at a lower copy rate of $.50 per page, or any records contained in the court file can be purchased from the Clerk of Court at the statutory copy rate of $1.25 per page.
To Request a Transcript for a hearing held before a Circuit Court Judge
To Request a Transcript for a hearing held before a Court Commissioner
Court reporters are now required to upload their transcripts electronically, provided it is a case type enabled for e-filing. The court reporter has authority to designate parties who have paid for a copy of the transcript to be allowed to view the transcript through the e-filing portal. The public can still view transcripts at the Clerk of Court Office on the public access computers.
A listing of Manitowoc County officials able to perform wedding ceremonies
Wireless Internet Access Notice
Conditions and Disclaimer
ADRC of the Lakeshore (Manitowoc County) Phone: (920) 683-4180
(provides information, assistance and access to community resources for the aging population, people with disabilities, their families and caregivers in Manitowoc County. If you suspect that you or someone you know is the victim of emotional, physical, sexual abuse, neglect, and/or financial exploitation, please call the ADRC office at 1-877-416-7083 for confidential reporting and resource information.
Aging Resource Center (Manitowoc County) Phone: (920) 683-4180
1701 Michigan Ave, Manitowoc, WI 54220
4th Wednesday of each month; 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., by appointment only Legal consultation services provided by local volunteer attorneys who rotate on a monthly basis Services available to seniors age 60 and older
Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin Phone: 1-800-273-1002
–Helpful Phone Numbers and Websites (i.e. Unclaimed Funds / National Do No Call Registry / Identity Theft Hotline / Report Identity Theft / FBI Internet Crime Complaints / BBB Scam Tracker)
–How to “Freeze” Your Credit Report
Consumer Protection Agency Phone: 1-800-422-7128
Disability Rights Wisconsin 1-800-928-8778
Statewide advocacy for adults age 18-59. Disability Rights helps people across Wisconsin gain access to services and opportunity through its advocacy and legal expertise. Legal support addresses access, inclusion, dignity, most-integrated choices and equal rights issues.
Domestic Violence Center n/k/a “In Courage” Phone: (920) 684-4661
300 E. Reed Avenue, Manitowoc, WI 54220
(provides 24-hour domestic violence crisis line and emergency short-term shelter. Advocates provide assistance to individuals/victims in preparing and obtaining temporary restraining orders and helping to prepare individuals for attending and testifying at court proceedings.
Lawyer Referral and Information Service (State Bar of Wisconsin) Phone: 1-800-362-9082
An LRIS assistant will help you determine if you need a lawyer to proceed and will refer you to an attorney in your area who has indicated an interest in your type of legal situation. Attorneys referred through LRIS agree to charge no more than $20 for the first consultation, up to one-half hour. Some cases may resolve your legal issue at the first meeting. If your problem requires work beyond the first half-hour, you will be charged at the lawyer’s regular fee rate.
Modest Means Panel (State Bar of Wisconsin)
Assists people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer’s standard rate. Program is run by the Lawyer Referral Service at the State Bar. You need to complete an application and will be matched with an attorney who has agreed to consider certain cases at a reduced rate.
Wisconsin Free Legal Answers
Need legal advice? No money for a lawyer? Wisconsin Free Legal Answers is a free website for low income people who cannot afford a lawyer. You can get free brief legal advice from volunteer lawyers when you have non-criminal legal questions. Click on “Get Started”; ask your question; receive an email notification when a lawyer responds to your question on the website.
Manitowoc County CASA Program Phone: (920) 686-8708
(trained community CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to provide court based advocacy for children who are under court jurisdiction due to abuse or neglect)
Two Rivers Senior Center Phone: (920) 793-5596
1520 17th Street, Two Rivers, WI 54241
1st Friday of each month; mornings, starting at 9:30 a.m., by appointment only
Legal consultation services provided by Attorney Thomas Van Horn (to assist seniors with civil, small claims, contract, Power of Attorney or estate planning questions)
Services available to members of Senior Center age 50 and older
Veterans Service Office (Manitowoc County) Phone: (920) 683-4055
(provides benefit information and assistance to veterans)
American Bar Association
Better Business Bureau
Circuit Court Rules – Wisconsin Counties
Domestic Violence Center (d/b/a In-Courage)
Directory Assistance – Switchboard (find people, find a business, reverse phone)
Internal Revenue Service
League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Legal Information and Educational Resources
National Center for State Courts
Social Security Administration
United States Court System
United States Department of Justice
United States Post Office
United States Supreme Court
Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance
Wisconsin Counties Association
Wisconsin Court System
Wisconsin Court of Appeals
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Wisconsin Department of Revenue/Unclaimed Property
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry
Wisconsin State Agencies
Wisconsin State Bar
Wisconsin State Law Library
Wisconsin State Legislature
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules
Wisconsin Vital Records