WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

DECEMBER 2011

 

 

This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of December 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 98 opinions, 63 summary dispositions, and 66 other written decisions in December. 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:

December 2011 I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.......................................... 58 67 38 64 227

 

Opinion - Civil........................................ 13 11 9 17 50

Opinion - Criminal................................. 15 15 11 7 48

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 5 5 0 6 16

Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 11 16 4 16 47

 

Memo Opinion - Civil..................... 4 9 10 11 34

Memo Opinion - Criminal...................... 5 8 4 1 18

Other - Civil............................................... 2 2 0 5 9

Other - Criminal........................................ 3 1 0 1 5

This year, the Court of Appeals has issued 1148 opinions, 771 summary dispositions, and 1038 other written decisions.

Year to Date I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated....................................... 810 732 612 803 2957

 

Opinion - Civil...................................... 164 158 154 187 663

Opinion - Criminal............................... 181 117 107 80 485

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil................................... 31 75 34 97 237

Sum. Disp. - Criminal.......................... 164 161 77 132 534

 

Memo Opinion - Civil..................... 129 110 147 185 571

Memo Opinion - Criminal.................... 75 59 58 67 259

Other - Civil............................................. 44 39 26 47 156

Other - Criminal..................................... 22 13 9 8 52

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

A total of 238 appeals were filed during the month. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

December 2011 I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed...................................................... 70 65 44 59 238

 

Civil.......................................................... 34 28 24 25 111

Criminal................................................... 36 37 20 34 127

 

This year, a total of 2870 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed.................................................... 787 692 618 773 2870

 

Civil........................................................ 391 353 377 471 1592

Criminal................................................ 396 339 241 302 1278

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

As of the end of the month, a total of 1997 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Cases Pending.............................................. 550 480 403 564 1997

 

Civil........................................................ 252 226 241 331 1050

Criminal................................................ 298 254 162 233 947

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

The Court of Appeals received 10 and disposed of 11 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................................................. 8 1 1 0 10

 

Sup. Writs Terminated.................................... 5 2 1 3 11

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 5 2 1 3 11

 

Sup. Writs Pending......................................... 24 7 2 14 47

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

The Court of Appeals received 14 and disposed of 9 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 8 2 2 14

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated........... 1 3 3 2 9

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 1 3 2 2 8

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending............... 6 8 1 6 21

 

 

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

 

The Supreme Court received 66 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 0 petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and 0 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 19 15 13 66

Civil............................................................ 7 13 5 9 34

Criminal................................................... 12 6 10 4 32

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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