WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

MARCH 2009

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of March 2009 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2009.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

            The Court of Appeals issued 98 opinions, 97 summary dispositions, and 84 other written decisions in March.  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:

March 2009                                                         I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 77                  74                  54                74                  279

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 12                  20                  10               19                    61

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 20                    6                    6                  5                    37

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 6                    6                    5                  4                    21

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 22                  19                  14                21                    76       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................          8                  12                  13                15                    48

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 9                    8                    0                  7                    24

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 0                    2                    5                  3                    10

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


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 266 opinions, 221 summary dispositions, and 267 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 210                185                183              176                  754

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 46                  46                  40               40                  172

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 41                  17                  16                20                    94

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 12                  12                  13                12                    49

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 54                  46                  40                32                  172       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        25                  31                  43                42                  141

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 16                  17                  18                20                    71

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 9                  10                  11                  8                    38

Other - Criminal................................ ........ 7                    6                    2                  2                    17

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 315 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

March 2009                                                         I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 94                  61                  79                81                  315

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 36                  30                  56                58                  180

Criminal............................................. ...... 58                  31                  23                23                  135

 

So far this year, a total of 805 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 238                188                183              196                  805

 

Civil........................................................... 96                  97                112              126                  431

Criminal................................................... 142                  91                  71                70                  374

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2081 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 647                556                334              544                2081

 

Civil.................................................... .... 271                252                191              309                1023

Criminal............................................. .... 376                304                143              235                1058

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 22 and disposed of 13 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....................................... ........ 7                    4                    3                  8                    22

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 1                    4                    4                  4                    13

        Granted.............................................. ........ 0                    0                    0                  0                      0

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 1                    4                    4                  4                    13

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 39                    8                    3                16                    66

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 18 and disposed of 16 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............ ........ 6                    5                    8                  0                    19

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 8                    7                    6                  4                    25

        Granted.............................................. ........ 0                    1                    1                  1                      3       

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 8                    6                    5                  3                    22

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 27                    6                    8                  1                    42

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 69 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, no petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and no requests 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...................... ...... 29                  15                  15                10                    69

        Civil.................................................... ...... 12                    4                  12                  6                    34

        Criminal............................................. ...... 17                  11                    3                  4                    35

 

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

        Civil.................................................... ........ 0                    0                    0                  0                      0

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

 

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

        Civil.................................................... ........ 0                    0                    0                  0                      0

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