WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

AUGUST 2011

 

 

This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of August 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 114 opinions, 59 summary dispositions, and 103 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 2011 I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.......................................... 83 56 74 63 276

 

Opinion - Civil........................................ 20 13 15 21 69

Opinion - Criminal................................. 13 11 15 6 45

 

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

Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 12 15 0 11 38

 

Memo Opinion - Civil..................... 18 14 12 12 56

Memo Opinion - Criminal.................... 12 4 6 9 31

Other - Civil............................................... 4 5 2 2 13

Other - Criminal........................................ 1 1 0 1 3

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 771 opinions, 527 summary dispositions, and 702 other written decisions.

Year to Date I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated....................................... 551 497 425 527 2000

 

Opinion - Civil...................................... 111 113 116 121 461

Opinion - Criminal............................... 112 80 67 51 310

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil................................... 15 47 27 64 153

Sum. Disp. - Criminal.......................... 118 108 53 95 374

 

Memo Opinion - Civil..................... 98 80 101 116 395

Memo Opinion - Criminal.................... 56 35 41 41 173

Other - Civil............................................. 28 24 18 33 103

Other - Criminal..................................... 13 10 2 6 31

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

A total of 268 appeals were filed during the month. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

August 2011 I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed...................................................... 80 68 54 66 268

 

Civil.......................................................... 50 33 34 42 159

Criminal................................................... 30 35 20 24 109

 

So far this year, a total of 1934 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed.................................................... 545 468 399 522 1934

 

Civil........................................................ 280 253 249 318 1100

Criminal................................................ 265 215 150 204 834

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

As of the end of the month, a total of 1993 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Cases Pending.............................................. 588 465 366 574 1993

 

Civil........................................................ 277 231 211 344 1063

Criminal................................................ 311 234 155 230 930

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

The Court of Appeals received 11 and disposed of 22 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................................................. 2 2 4 3 11

 

Sup. Writs Terminated.................................... 9 4 4 5 22

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 8 4 4 5 21

 

Sup. Writs Pending......................................... 22 8 5 9 44

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

The Court of Appeals received 19 and disposed of 12 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..................... 5 5 4 5 19

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated........... 2 3 4 3 12

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 2 3 4 2 11

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending............. 10 6 3 6 25

 

 

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

 

The Supreme Court received 71 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, no petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and one request 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............................. 14 24 8 25 71

Civil............................................................ 5 12 3 20 40

Criminal..................................................... 9 12 5 5 31

 

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 0 0 1

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

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