WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

MAY 2011

 

 

This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of May 2011 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2011.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

The Court of Appeals issued 105 opinions, 57 summary dispositions, and 85 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 2011 I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.......................................... 91 50 60 46 247

 

Opinion - Civil........................................ 17 17 23 13 70

Opinion - Criminal................................. 20 6 4 5 35

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 1 3 3 4 11

Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 23 8 6 9 46

 

Memo Opinion - Civil..................... 16 7 18 10 51

Memo Opinion - Criminal...................... 8 4 3 5 20

Other - Civil............................................... 1 3 3 0 7

Other - Criminal........................................ 5 2 0 0 7

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 466 opinions, 318 summary dispositions, and 429 other written decisions.

Year to Date I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated....................................... 342 326 256 289 1213

 

Opinion - Civil........................................ 68 77 72 60 277

Opinion - Criminal................................. 71 47 37 34 189

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 6 30 14 32 82

Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 77 80 29 50 236

 

Memo Opinion - Civil..................... 59 49 63 73 244

Memo Opinion - Criminal.................... 37 23 30 20 110

Other - Civil............................................. 15 12 9 17 53

Other - Criminal........................................ 9 8 2 3 22

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

A total of 244 appeals were filed during the month. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

May 2011 I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed...................................................... 59 57 53 75 244

 

Civil.......................................................... 29 33 31 41 134

Criminal................................................... 30 24 22 34 110

 

So far this year, a total of 1181 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed.................................................... 325 287 248 321 1181

 

Civil........................................................ 150 156 154 196 656

Criminal................................................ 175 131 94 125 525

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

As of the end of the month, a total of 2009 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Cases Pending.............................................. 597 463 379 570 2009

 

Civil........................................................ 268 230 213 350 1061

Criminal................................................ 329 233 166 220 948

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

The Court of Appeals received 12 and disposed of 16 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................................................. 1 3 4 4 12

 

Sup. Writs Terminated.................................... 7 3 2 4 16

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 6 3 2 4 15

 

Sup. Writs Pending......................................... 19 9 3 9 40

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

The Court of Appeals received 16 and disposed of 10 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..................... 3 7 4 2 16

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated........... 2 1 3 4 10

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 2 0 3 4 9

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending............... 7 6 3 4 20

 

 

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

 

The Supreme Court received 54 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, no petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and two 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............................. 15 23 8 8 54

Civil............................................................ 5 12 4 3 24

Criminal................................................... 10 11 4 5 30

 

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

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

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

 

Certifications Filed........................................... 0 1 1 0 2

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

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