WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

AUGUST 2012

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of August 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 88 opinions, 51 summary dispositions, and 78 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 2012                                                      I                   II                 III               IV             Total

Cases Terminated.......................................... 30                 75                 66               46                 217

 

        Opinion - Civil........................................... 4                 14                 15               16                   49

        Opinion - Criminal................................... 7                 16                 15                  1                   39

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 0                    4                    0                  4                      8

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal.............................. 4                  17                 15                  7                   43 

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil.....................          6                  13                 17               13                   49

        Memo Opinion - Criminal...................... 5                    4                    4                  3                   16

        Other - Civil............................................... 3                    5                    0                  2                   10

        Other - Criminal........................................ 1                    2                    0                  0                      3

                So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 723 opinions, 434 summary dispositions, and 680 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                      I                   II                 III               IV             Total

Cases Terminated....................................... 433               476               392             536               1837

 

        Opinion - Civil...................................... 103                 81               104             140                 428

        Opinion - Criminal................................. 96                 89                 57               53                 295

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil................................... 12                 43                 24               75                 154

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 74               101                 47               58                 280       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil.....................        82                 95                 97             127                 401

        Memo Opinion - Criminal.................... 33                 29                 45               52                 159

        Other - Civil............................................. 28                 30                 16               27                 101

Other - Criminal........................................ 5                    8                    2                  4                   19

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 230 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

August 2012                                                      I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Filed...................................................... 56                 68                 36               70                 230

 

Civil.......................................................... 19                 33                 27               45                 124

Criminal................................................... 37                 35                    9               25                 106

 

                So far this year, a total of 1833 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                      I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Filed.................................................... 495               464               384             490               1833

 

Civil........................................................ 228               252               220             313               1013

Criminal................................................ 267               212               164             177                 820

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2046 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                              I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Pending.............................................. 583               497               376             590               2046

 

Civil........................................................ 235               248               209             331               1023

Criminal................................................ 348               249               167             259               1023

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 11 and disposed of 12 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                    2                  5                   11

 

Sup. Writs Terminated.................................... 3                    7                    1                  1                   12

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 3                    7                    1                  1                   12

 

Sup. Writs Pending......................................... 17                    7                    5               13                   42

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 16 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..................... 3                    7                    5                  1                   16

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 68 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 5 petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and 1 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............................. 22                 21                 10               15                   68

        Civil............................................................ 6                    7                    5               11                   29

        Criminal................................................... 16                 14                    5                  4                   39

 

Petitions for Bypass Filed............................... 0                    3                    1                  1                      5

        Civil............................................................ 0                    3                    1                  1                      5

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

 

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

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

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