WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2008

 

 

This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of September 2008 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2008.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

The Court of Appeals issued 92 opinions, 72 summary dispositions, and 78 other written decisions in September. Opinions include three-judge and one-judge authored opinions and per curiam opinions. Summary dispositions include opinions issued in the form of a court order after the court has reviewed the briefs and the record and, generally, following a screening and decision conference.  Other written decisions include memorandum opinions, which are issued in the form of a court order prior to a screening and decision conference, and miscellaneous orders terminating cases (e.g., voluntary dismissals and stipulations to dismiss). The breakdown by district and type of disposition is as follows:

September 2008 I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 57 53 70 62 242

 

Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 13 14 13 13 53

Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 20 3 8 8 39

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 1 4 4 4 13

Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 11 12 23 13 59

 

Memo Opinion - Civil...................... 8 12 17 10 47

Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 2 3 3 8 16

Other - Civil...................................... ........ 1 4 2 4 11

Other - Criminal................................ ........ 1 1 0 2 4


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 840 opinions, 664 summary dispositions, and 795 other written decisions.

Year to Date I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated........................... ... 619 545 492 643 2299

 

Opinion - Civil.................................. .... 134 118 98 159 509

Opinion - Criminal..................... ... 114 81 60 76 331

Sum. Disp. Civil............................ ...... 27 42 39 44 154

Sum. Disp. - Criminal................. ... 156 106 106 142 510

Memo Opinion - Civil................ ... 107 96 102 124 429

Memo Opinion - Criminal........... 50 63 58 52 223

Other - Civil............................. ..... 22 32 22 37 113

Other - Criminal........................ ...... 9 7 5 9 30

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

A total of 235 appeals were filed during the month. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

September 2008 I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 70 59 51 55 235

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 29 27 32 32 120

Criminal............................................. ...... 41 32 19 23 115

 

So far this year, a total of 2300 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ... 654 605 485 556 2300

 

Civil.................................................... ... 291 285 252 332 1160

Criminal............................................. ... 363 320 233 224 1140

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

As of the end of the month, a total of 1968 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 636 541 303 488 1968

 

Civil.................................................... .... 239 250 163 278 930

Criminal............................................. .... 397 291 140 210 1038

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

The Court of Appeals received 22 and disposed of 15 petitions for supervisory writ during the month. A petition for supervisory writ asks the Court of Appeals to order the circuit court to take a certain action in a case.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Sup. Writs Filed....................................... ........ 5 3 5 9 22

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 2 1 5 7 15

Granted.............................................. ........ 0 0 0 1 1

Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 2 1 5 6 14

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 26 10 3 15 54

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

The Court of Appeals received 12 and disposed of 20 petitions for leave to appeal during the month. A petition for leave to appeal asks the Court of Appeals to invoke its discretionary jurisdiction and accept the appeal of a case in which a final order has not been issued.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Filed............ ........ 2 4 5 1 12

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 3 9 7 1 20

Granted.............................................. ........ 1 2 1 0 4

Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 2 7 6 1 16

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 20 4 1 6 31

 

 

Petitions for Review, Petitions for Bypass, and Certifications to the Supreme Court

 

The Supreme Court received 62 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 1 petition to bypass the Court of Appeals, and 1 request for certification. In a petition for bypass, a party requests that the Supreme Court take jurisdiction of an appeal or other proceeding pending in the Court of Appeals. In a request for certification, the Court of Appeals asks the Supreme Court to exercise its appellate jurisdiction before the Court of Appeals hears the matter.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Petitions for Review Filed...................... ...... 21 15 8 18 62

Civil.................................................... ........ 6 6 3 10 25

Criminal............................................. ...... 15 9 5 8 37

 

Petitions for Bypass Filed...................... ........ 0 0 1 0 1

Civil.................................................... ........ 0 0 1 0 1

Criminal............................................. ........ 0 0 0 0 0

 

Certifications Filed.................................. ........ 0 0 0 1 1

Civil.................................................... ........ 0 0 0 1 1

Criminal............................................. ........ 0 0 0 0 0