Bail Court Appearances

Post bail for an Inmate

You must be 18 years or older and have a photo ID to bail someone out.

Cash (exact change), credit card, money order or cashier check are all acceptable forms of bail for Manitowoc County cases.  There is a 3% convenience fee for using a credit card.  Money order or Cashier check will only be accepted up to $1,000.00.  Money order or cashier check must contain the complete name, date of birth, driver’s license, current address and phone number of the person who is posting the bail- payable to Manitowoc County Clerk of Court.

Wire transfers for Manitowoc County cases only – Can be done during business hours with the Manitowoc County Clerk of Courts. Please contact them for details (920)683-4025.

If you are posting bail in Manitowoc for another agencies charges, you can only use cash (exact change) or credit card.

Will I get the bail money back?

This is determined by the Court.

Bail & Court Appearances (Time & Location)

The court schedules all court appearances for individual inmates.  To find out dates and times contact the Clerk of Circuit Court at (920)683-4030 or log onto Wisconsin Circuit Courts.

Persons brought in on new charges or warrants will make a bail hearing via video at 12:45 pm the next business day following their arrest.  The public may view the bail hearings from Room B-15 in the basement of the Manitowoc County Courthouse, 1010 South 8th Street. 

For those inmates that do not have their own attorney for their bail hearing, the State Public Defender may represent them in court.  The courts will provide an interpreter if they do not speak English.

If the court grants an inmates release, this process will only begin once all bail hearings are completed for that day. The Clerk of Court has to complete all release paperwork, and review it with the inmate(s) getting released.  The jail priorities and staffing will also play a part in the timeliness of their release.  Do Not Call the jail after the bail hearing to find out if or when an inmate is to be released. 

Jail uniforms will be worn for court appearances except for jury trials then dress clothes will be worn.

Inmates, family, or friends are not allowed to pass things to each other during court.  Visitation with the inmate shall not take place during the court hearing.