WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

MAY 2009

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of May 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 93 opinions, 50 summary dispositions, and 112 other written decisions in May.  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:

May 2009                                                            I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 65                  75                  34                81                  255

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 17                    8                    7               18                    50

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 11                  16                    5                11                    43

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 1                    4                    1                  6                    12

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ........ 4                  16                    7                11                    38       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        24                  16                    8                29                    77

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 5                    9                    3                  0                    17

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 1                    4                    3                  2                    10

        Other - Criminal................................ ........ 2                    2                    0                  4                      8


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 445 opinions, 366 summary dispositions, and 484 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 352                342                269              332                1295

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 69                  73                  55               80                  277

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 55                  45                  25                43                  168

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 22                  20                  20                22                    84

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 79                  88                  57                58                  282       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        73                  58                  65                87                  283

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 31                  32                  28                22                  113

        Other - Civil...................................... ...... 13                  16                  17                13                    59

Other - Criminal................................ ...... 10                  10                    2                  7                    29

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 259 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

May 2009                                                            I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 88                  62                  58                51                  259

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 42                  33                  30                32                  137

Criminal............................................. ...... 46                  29                  28                19                  122

 

So far this year, a total of 1311 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 400                313                298              300                1311

 

Civil......................................................... 177                157                174              198                  706

Criminal................................................... 223                156                124              102                  605

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2065 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 645                523                369              528                2065

 

Civil.................................................... .... 260                248                211              298                1017

Criminal............................................. .... 385                275                158              230                1048

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 19 and disposed of 32 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....................................... ........ 9                    3                    3                  4                    19

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ...... 11                    4                    3                14                    32

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ...... 11                    3                    3                13                    30

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 28                    9                    2                11                    50

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 13 and disposed of 25 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                    6                    3                  2                    13

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ...... 10                    5                    2                  8                    25

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ...... 10                    5                    2                  8                    25

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 15                    8                    1                  4                    28

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 72 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 2 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...................... ...... 19                  26                  11                16                    72

        Civil.................................................... ........ 8                  11                    8                13                    40

        Criminal............................................. ...... 11                  15                    3                  3                    32

 

Petitions for Bypass Filed...................... ........ 0                    0                    1                  1                      2

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

        Criminal............................................. ........ 0                    0                    1                  0                      1

 

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

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

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