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Mental health Commitment – Final Hearing Deadline

County of Milwaukee v. Edward S., 2001 WI App 169, PFR filed
For Edward S.: Richard D. Martin, SPD, Madison Appellate

Issue: Whether the 14-day deadline set by § 51.20(7)(c) for final hearing is extendible when delay is caused by the respondent’s own action.

Holding: The otherwise mandatory deadline for final commitment hearing is waivable when the delay is caused by the respondent — here, firing his attorney. State ex rel. Lockman v. Gerhardstein, 107 Wis. 2d 325, 320 N.W.2d 27 (Ct. App. 1982), distinguished.)

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