Juror Information

JUROR CONTACT INFORMATION

         Jobeth Hoefner, Jury Clerk      (920) 683-4068 (for emergency notification or jury-related questions)

       Recorded Jury Line:  (920) 683-4927



COURTHOUSE ADDRESS

Manitowoc County Courthouse
1010 South 8th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220

JUROR QUALIIFICATIONS

Jurors are randomly selected from the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor
Vehicles driver's license and identification list data base.

To be eligible to serve as a juror in Manitowoc County:

  • You must be a United States citizen
  • You must be a resident of Manitowoc County
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You have not been summoned for jury duty for at least four (4) years
  • You must understand the English language
  • If convicted of a felony, your civil rights must be restored

JUROR INFORMATION

Jury duty is the obligation of every citizen.  "Forgetting" to show up is not an excuse.  In fairness to jurors
who do show up for jury duty, those who do not appear are held accountable for their actions.  Failure to
appear for jury duty when summoned could result in contempt of court and possible criminal prosecution
pursuant to 
Wis. Stats. §756.30

Jurors assigned to a jury panel are instructed to call the recorded jury line the evening before their jury term
begins to receive trial status and further reporting instructions.  The recorded message is available 24 hours
a day.  Most current information obtained by calling after 5:00 p.m.

Jurors are generally required to report to the courthouse for jury service by 8:30 a.m., unless specifically
directed otherwise.

Jurors who have any medication or other dietary needs should advise the jury bailiff accordingly.

JUROR PARKING

Jurors will receive a parking permit approximately one week prior to their scheduled month of service with
instructions on parking and proper placement of the permit.  Jurors may park in the courthouse parking lot,
except for the parking stalls identified as "PARKING RESERVED FOR PERMIT"....those are reserved for
specific personnel and parking tickets will be issued to violators.  Jurors may also park in the county parking
lot to the west of the courthouse (on the east side of the Subway building), or on the city streets surrounding
the courthouse.  

PROPER ATTIRE

Serving as a juror is one of the highest civic duties in our democratic system of government and, therefore,
you should dress appropriately for the occasion.  Please avoid wearing halter tops, tank tops, sweat pants,
lounge pants, offensive slogans, and hats.

WHAT'S NOT ALLOWED?
  • There is no food, beverages, gum chewing or hats allowed in the courtroom
  • Cell phones usage is not allowed in the jury room and cell phones are not allowed in the courtroom.
  • No laptops; no digital cameras; no recording devices; no electronic devices
  • Reading material or crossword puzzles may be brought in, however, no newspapers or other periodicals
    which may contain news stories are allowed (any such publications will be removed by the jury bailiff)

BASIC JUROR DUTIES
  • Listen and observe
  • Be open minded
  • Don’t discuss the case
  • Report problems to the court

INCLEMENT WEATHER

During inclement weather, tune in to WOMT 1240 AM or WCUB 980 AM for cancellation information.

EXCUSE / DEFERRAL OF SERVICE

Unless you have a very serious conflict, you will be expected to serve as a juror.  The Court may excuse a
person from jury service if the Court determines that the person cannot fulfill the responsibilities of a juror.  
The Court may also defer jury service to a later date if the Court determines there is undue hardship.

Please notify the Court if you are requesting deferral due to important personal or business commitments,
vacation, etc.

EMPLOYMENT REASONS:  If you are requesting to be excused for employment reasons, a letter from the
employer must accompany the request to be excused.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS:  If you have a medical condition that would prevent service as a juror, a medical
excuse from your physician is required.

VACATION:  If you are unable to serve specific dates because of vacation plans, submit the request in writing
listing the dates you are unavailable.

REQUESTS TO BE EXCUSED OR TO HAVE YOUR SERVICE DEFERRED MUST BE MADE WITHIN TEN (10)
DAYS FROM RECEIPT OF YOUR JURY QUESTIONNAIRE OR SUMMONS TO APPEAR.


You can sent a written request to be excused via regular mail to:   Manitowoc County Clerk of Court,
ATTN:  Judge Jerome Fox, P.O. Box 2000, Manitowoc, WI 54221-2000.  A response to your request to be
excused will be sent to you from the Court.   

If you move out of Manitowoc County or if you have a name or address change, please notify the jury clerk listed above.

JUROR PAYMENTS / MEALS

Manitowoc County pays jurors at the rate of $17.50 for a half day of service and $35.00 for a full day
of service, plus round trip mileage reimbursement at the rate of $.51/mile.  We also provide lunch for
jurors serving over the lunch period,and if a trial day would extend into the evening, beyond normal
business hours, we would also provide dinner for our jurors. 

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS

Assistive hearing devices are available upon request.

ADA Accommodation Request (GF-153) used to assist the court in determining what accommodation
might be necessary for a juror to participate in court proceedings.

JUROR RESOURCES

Handbook for Wisconsin Jurors
Guidelines for Jury Deliberation in Wisconsin
Outline for a Jury Trial
10 Rules for Jurors
Information for Employers

Jury Scam Poster
Protect Yourself Against Jury Duty Scams
-Court Officers will never ask for payment , a credit card or social security number for failure
  to appear for jury duty.  
-Report suspicious activity immediately to your local law enforcement agency
NEVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION BY PHONE OR EMAIL

FAQ

Common juror questions