2 Analyses of this case by attorneys

  1. Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to decide case involving a minor’s right to refuse medical treatment

    Wisconsin State Public DefenderJuly 10, 2013

    Nonetheless:¶8 In this instance, we deem it unwise to decide such substantial social policy issues with far-ranging implications based on a singular fact situation in a case that is moot. In Eberhardy v. Circuit Court for Wood Cnty., 102 Wis. 2d 539, 307 N.W.2d 881 (1981), this court was faced with a similar dilemma of whether to yield initially to the legislature on a social policy issue. In that case the guardians of a mentally-impaired adult daughter sought court approval for her surgical sterilization.

  2. Post-Appeal Interest-of-Justice Litigation

    Wisconsin State Public DefenderJuly 21, 2010

    Wis. Const. art. VII § 2; In the Matter of the Guardianship of Eberhardy v. Circuit Court for WoodCounty, 102 Wis. 2d 539, 548, 307 N.W.2d 881 (1981). We have continuously affirmed that a circuit court’s inherent authority is entirely independent of any statutory authority.