WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

MARCH 2012

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of March 2012 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2012.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

            The Court of Appeals issued 114 opinions, 63 summary dispositions, and 98 other written decisions in March.  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:

March 2012                                                       I                   II                 III               IV             Total

Cases Terminated.......................................... 75                 66                 57               76                 274

 

        Opinion - Civil........................................ 25                 11                 15              22                   73

        Opinion - Criminal................................. 11                 12                 10                  8                   41

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 0                    4                    2               15                   21

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 21                  12                   6                  3                   42       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil.....................        15                  15                14               16                   60

        Memo Opinion - Criminal...................... 2                    8                    7                  8                   25

        Other - Civil............................................... 1                    4                    3                  4                   12

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

                So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 277 opinions, 167 summary dispositions, and 259 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                      I                   II                 III               IV             Total

Cases Terminated....................................... 168               178               150             206                 702

 

        Opinion - Civil........................................ 49                 31                 43              50                 173

        Opinion - Criminal................................. 29                 39                 24               12                 104

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 2                 15                 14               25                   56

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 37                 35                 14               25                 111       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil.....................        35                 32                 25               53                 145

        Memo Opinion - Criminal.................... 11                 16                 22               28                   77

        Other - Civil............................................... 4                    9                    7               10                   30

Other - Criminal........................................ 1                    2                    1                  3                      7

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 223 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

March 2012                                                       I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Filed...................................................... 56                 54                 40               73                 223

 

Civil.......................................................... 19                 32                 25               36                 112

Criminal................................................... 37                 22                 15               37                 111

 

                So far this year, a total of 633 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                      I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Filed.................................................... 165               157               138             173                 633

 

Civil.......................................................... 71                 89                 77               97                 334

Criminal................................................... 94                 68                 61               76                 299

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 1947 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                              I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Pending.............................................. 549               461               381             556               1947

 

Civil........................................................ 233               230               226             310                 999

Criminal................................................ 316               231               155             246                 948

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 13 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................................................. 2                    5                    2                  4                   13

 

Sup. Writs Terminated.................................... 3                    6                    4                  3                   16

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 3                    6                    4                  3                   16

 

Sup. Writs Pending......................................... 23                    7                 10               13                   53

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 10 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..................... 1                    3                    0                  6                   10

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated...........                     2                    5                  3  2                            12

        Granted...................................................... 0                    1                    2                  0                      3

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 2                    4                    1                  2                      9

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending............... 7                    6                    1                  9                   23

 

 

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, 0 petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and 2 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............................. 12                 17                    9               16                   54

        Civil............................................................ 6                    5                    4               14                   29

        Criminal..................................................... 6                 12                    5                  2                   25

 

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                  1                      2

        Civil............................................................ 0                    1                    0                  1                      2

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