Commitment Order Appeal In Wisconsin

When reviewing a commitment order, a trial court's findings of fact are not overturned unless clearly erroneous. See K.N.K. v. Buhler, 139 Wis. 2d 190, 198, 407 N.W.2d 281 (Ct. App. 1987); see also Wis. Stat. 805.17(2). However, we view the higher and ultimate question regarding the necessity for commitment as one of law because it involves the application of the facts as found by the trial court to the statutory test for commitment. See K.N.K., 139 Wis. 2d at 198. We review questions of law independently, although we value a trial court's ruling on such a matter. See Scheunemann v. City of West Bend, 179 Wis. 2d 469, 475, 507 N.W.2d 163 (Ct. App. 1993).