WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

AUGUST 2009

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of August 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 87 opinions, 65 summary dispositions, and 88 other written decisions in August.  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:

August 2009                                                       I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 64                  52                  41                83                  240

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 14                  13                    8               18                    53

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 17                    6                    2                  9                    34

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 1                    3                    6                  6                    16

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ........ 6                  14                    7                22                    49       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        13                    7                  10                18                    48

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 9                    7                    6                  6                    28

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 2                    2                    1                  3                      8

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


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 724 opinions, 566 summary dispositions, and 757 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 539                528                402              578                2047

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. .... 104                105                  81             125                  415

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 98                  89                  42                80                  309

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 30                  39                  31                40                  140

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... .... 102                122                  82              120                  426       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................      113                  85                  93              143                  434

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 56                  50                  48                37                  191

        Other - Civil...................................... ...... 21                  26                  21                24                    92

Other - Criminal................................ ...... 15                  12                    4                  9                    40

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 280 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

August 2009                                                       I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 92                  56                  66                66                  280

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 42                  31                  29                38                  140

Criminal............................................. ...... 50                  25                  37                28                  140

 

So far this year, a total of 2175 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 678                494                502              501                2175

 

Civil.................................................... .... 300                256                285              318                1159

Criminal................................................... 378                238                217              183                1016

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2176 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 712                506                439              519                2176

 

Civil.................................................... .... 284                225                253              297                1089

Criminal............................................. .... 428                251                186              222                1087

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 17 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....................................... ........ 9                    2                    0                  6                    17

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 6                    2                    2                  3                    13

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 6                    2                    2                  3                    13

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 31                    7                    1                14                    53

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 17 and disposed of 17 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............ ........ 7                    1                    0                  6                    17

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 7                    2                    3                  5                    17

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 6                    2                    2                  5                    15

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 14                    2                    1                  2                    19

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 59 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...................... ...... 16                  15                  11                21                    59

        Civil.................................................... ........ 6                    6                    6                10                    28

        Criminal............................................. ........ 6                    9                    5                11                    31

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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