Juvenile Unit

Juvenile Unit Contact Information

     Teresa Shebesta  (920) 683-4033

Note:  Juvenile cases are not open public records; they are confidential by statute.  Access to confidential records is limited to parties of the action or counsel of record.
Appeals for the Wisconsin Circuit Courts 

The Supreme Court Clerk has prepared a handbook which outlines the basic rules and procedures for the Wisconsin Circuit Court of Appeals. This handbook pertains to civil, small claims and criminal appeals.

Citizens Guide to Filing an Appeal
A manual for filing an appeal to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals (Rev. 8/2015)
(Note: page 35 of the manual has direct links to each form).

Appellate Forms
Link for the required forms for filing an Appeal in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
Website for contact information and FAQ.

Did you know that you can monitor the status of a Court of Appeals case online?  Simply go to Court of Appeals, click "I Agree", enter the Court of Appeals case number, then click "Search."


If you need an interpreter, you need to advise the Clerk of Court office prior to your scheduled hearing, so arrangements can be made to have an interpreter available for your hearing, or you can complete an Interpreter Request and submit it to the Clerk of Court prior to your scheduled hearing. 

The Clerk of Court also has a bilingual Counter Clerk who speaks limited Spanish, who is available to assist our Spanish speaking community either in person or by telephone. 

One of our contracted Spanish interpreters has simultaneous interpreting equipment available upon request to provide simultaneous Spanish interpreting for multiple parties at once (i.e. defendant and other family members).  The equipment involves the interpreter wearing a headset microphone while the Spanish speaker would wear ear buds or an external ear piece connected to a receiver, which has volume controls.

Media Coverage

A representative of the news media (Media Coordinator) will be allowed to be present in juvenile proceedings for the purpose of reporting news, without revealing the identity of the juvenile involved.  Arrangements for media presence in juvenile hearings should be made via the judicial assistant for the presiding court official.  Use of cameras in the courtroom requires prior judicial approval.

Text Message Reminders

You can now sign up to receive text message reminders for upcoming court hearings. 
Drop off or mail completed form to Clerk of Court office.
           ·Messages will be sent at 6:00 p.m. two days prior to any scheduled court activity
           ·Messages will not be sent on holidays or weekends
           ·Ad Hoc messaging can be done by court staff to advise parties of cancellations
           ·Text messages are supplemental notifications, provided as a convenience for customers
             who elect the service


Manitowoc County Local Court Rules for county specific juvenile procedure information

Ch. 938, Juvenile Justice Code (Wis. Stats. 2015-16)
S.938.299(1) addresses allowing a representative of the news media who wishes to attend the
hearing for the purpose of reporting news without revealing the identify of the juvenile involved
(said representative to be determined by the media coordinator); 
cameras in the courtroom require
approval of the presiding court official.