WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

AUGUST 2010

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of August 2010 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2010.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

            The Court of Appeals issued 104 opinions, 82 summary dispositions, and 96 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 2010                                                       I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated........................................... 87                  63                  75                57                  282

 

        Opinion - Civil......................................... 16                  11                  22                  4                    53

        Opinion - Criminal................................... 18                  10                  16                  7                    51

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil....................................... 5                    5                    6                  4                    20

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal.............................. 20                  16                  13                13                    62       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        12                  13                    9                14                    48

        Memo Opinion - Criminal......................... 8                    5                    6                12                    31

        Other - Civil................................................ 5                    1                    3                  3                    12

        Other - Criminal......................................... 3                    2                    0                  0                      5

                So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 745 opinions, 540 summary dispositions, and 719 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated......................................... 574                511                396              523                2004

 

        Opinion - Civil....................................... 108                104                  97             110                  419

        Opinion - Criminal................................. 123                  83                  64                56                  326

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil..................................... 21                  41                  33                42                  137

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 106                112                  66              119                  403       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        84                  81                  76              112                  353

        Memo Opinion - Criminal....................... 71                  45                  38                53                  207

        Other - Civil.............................................. 32                  28                  19                25                  104

Other - Criminal....................................... 29                  17                    3                  6                    55

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 278 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

August 2010                                                       I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed....................................................... 82                  58                  60                78                  278

 

Civil........................................................... 32                  24                  27                45                  128

Criminal..................................................... 50                  34                  33                33                  150

 

                So far this year, a total of 2075 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed..................................................... 619                508                416              532                2075

 

Civil......................................................... 278                246                228              314                1066

Criminal................................................... 341                262                188              218                1009

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2188 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending............................................... 670                522                435              561                2188

 

Civil......................................................... 283                242                249              316                1090

Criminal................................................... 387                280                186              245                1098

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 15 and disposed of 14 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................................................ 4                    1                    5                  5                    15

 

Sup. Writs Terminated..................................... 2                    5                    3                  4                    14

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 2                    4                    3                  4                    13

 

Sup. Writs Pending........................................ 24                    8                    5                14                    51

                                                                                                                                                               

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 13 and disposed of 13 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..................... 1                    3                    3                  6                    13

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated.......... 1                    4                    2                  6                    13

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 1                    4                    2                  4                    11

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending............... 8                    3                    5                  6                    22

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 56 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 3 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                    5                20                    56

        Civil............................................................. 2                    9                    3                18                    32

        Criminal..................................................... 14                    6                    2                  2                    24

 

Petitions for Bypass Filed............................... 0                    2                    0                  1                      3

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

        Criminal....................................................... 0                    2                    0                  0                      2

 

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

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

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