Municipal Court

Municipal Court resumed in-person court as of Wednesday, June 10th, based on the Municipal Court Operating Plan and Order.
To view the plan and order:
Municipal Court Operating Plan
Order by Dis IV Chief Judge
Supplemental Operations Order 10 21 2020
  It should be noted that all persons who are present in the Municipal Court courtroom shall wear a face covering at all times.  

If you do not wish to appear, the Court will continue to accept pleas by phone until further notice.  If you wish to make a plea by phone to a citation with a future court date, please call Municipal Court @  (920) 686-6920.

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Payments may be made at the Manitowoc Police Department @ 910 Jay Street during regular business hours, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Purpose & Function

Municipal courts were created by the governing body of the municipality and have exclusive jurisdiction over actions involving violation of the municipal ordinances adopted from the Wisconsin State Statutes. The court office provides information as well as maintains records of dispositions and payment of forfeitures. With the exception of juveniles, the records are open to the public.

Actual Court Proceedings

Actual Court proceedings are generally held Wednesday morning in the:
City of Manitowoc Council Chambers
City Hall
First Floor
900 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220


900 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Phone: (920) 686-6920
Fax: (920) 686-6929


Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 11:30 am &
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
with the exception of Wednesday morning when court is in session
Initial appearances are scheduled as follows:
  • Traffic offenses 8:30 am
  • Ordinance violations 9:15 am


At this time Pretrials are being scheduled to be held by telephone on Tuesday of each week between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Right of Way Information

As of August 1, 2012, any person who receives a citation and is convicted for failure to yield under Wisconsin statute 346.18 will be required to attend a failure to yield right-of-way course. The class can either be taken in person or online.


Anyone charged as a juvenile for non-traffic violations should appear in person with a parent. There may be alternatives to a conviction. There are also alternative penalties to first time offenders of underage drinking and possession charges in most cases.