Date:                May 6, 2008

To:                    Court of Appeals Judges, Director of State Courts, Staff Counsel, Clerk's Office Staff

From:                David R. Schanker, Clerk

Re:                   COURT OF APPEALS MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT – April 2008

Cumulative:  January 1, 2008 through April 30, 2008

APPELLATE DISTRICT                                               I                II               III               IV                   TOTAL

Cases Carried Over from Dec. 31, 2007                        654             459            313             480                       1906

Civil                                                                       240             223            172             279                         914

Criminal                                                                 414             236            141             201                         992

 

Cases Filed                                                               308             268            216             244                       1036

Civil                                                                       143             126             96             146                         511

Criminal                                                                 165             142            120               98                         525

Cases Docketed                                                        962             727            529             724                       2942

Civil                                                                       383             349            268             425                       1425

Criminal                                                                 579             378            261             299                       1517

Cases Reopened                                                           8                3               2                8                           21

Civil                                                                          6                3               1                8                           18

Criminal                                                                    2                0               1                0                            3

 

Cases Terminated*                                                     280             242            219             327                       1068

 

Opinion - Civil                                                          71               50             47               81                         249

Opinion - Criminal                                                    29               35            30               31                         125

     Subtotal                                                           100               85             77             112                         374

Sum. Disp. – Civil                                                      7               15             20               20                           62

Sum. Disp. - Criminal                                               82               39              46               90                         257

     Subtotal                                                             89               54             66             110                         319

Memo Opinion - Civil                                                51               49             36               59                         195

Memo Opinion - Criminal                                          22               35             28               23                         108

     Subtotal                                                             73               84             64               82                         303

Other - Civil                                                             12               16             10               18                           56

Other - Criminal                                                         6                3               2                5                           16

     Subtotal                                                             18               19             12               23                           72

Cases Pending                                                          690             488            312             405                       1895

Civil                                                                       248             222            156             255                         881

Criminal                                                                 442             266            156             150                       1014

 

*   Terminations are adjusted to reflect dispositions by panels assigned to cases filed in other districts and cover the "number of cases" terminated.


Case Activity During the Month of April 2008

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APPELLATE DISTRICT                                               I                II               III               IV                   TOTAL

Cases Filed                                                              77             72                71             50                       270

Civil                                                                       42             29                35             35                       141

Criminal                                                                 35             43                36             15                       129

Cases Terminated                                                    86             63                61             88                       298

Opinion - Civil                                                         21             15                10             21                         67

Opinion - Criminal                                                   11               8                  7                    5   1 – I/IV              31

                                                                                                                                        1 – III/IV

Sum. Disp. - Civil                                                      1               3                  9               5                         18

Sum. Disp. - Criminal                                              18                5                19             25   7 – I/IV              57

                                                                                                                                        1 – III/IV                                                                                                              

Memo Opinion - Civil                                               22              21                  7   1 – I/III   16                         66

Memo Opinion - Criminal                                           8               6                16               6                         36

Other - Civil                                                              3               5                  2               8                         18

Other - Criminal                                                        2               0                  1               2                           5

Cases Reopened                                                        5               1                  1               4                         11

Civil                                                                         3               1                  1               4                           9

Criminal                                                                   2               0                  0               0                           2

 

 

Notices of Appeal Filed:                                             I                II               III               IV                   TOTAL

One-Judge  Appeals                                                 13               6                13               8                         40

Civil                                                                       12               6                10               5                         33

Criminal                                                                   1               0                  3               3                           7

Three-Judge Appeals                                               52             61                43             37                       193

Civil                                                                       18             19                19             25                         81

Criminal                                                                 34             42                24             12                       112

 

Sup. Writs Filed                                                       10               2                  5               2                         18

Sup. Writs Terminated                                             14               7                  3               5                         29

Granted                                                                   0               1                  0               0                           1

Denied, Dismissed, Other                                        14               6                  3               5                         28

Sup. Writs Pending                                                  14               1                  4             12                         31

 

 


Leave to Appeal Filed                                               2               4                10               3                         19

Leave to Appeal Terminated                                     3             10                  6               4                         23

Granted                                                                   2               0                  0               1                           3

Denied, Dismissed, Other                                         1             10                  6               3                         20

Leave to Appeal Pending                                        20               3                10               4                         37


Additional Matters During the Month of April 2008

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APPELLATE DISTRICT                                               I                II               III               IV                   TOTAL

Motions Filed

Numbered Cases                                                  123             86                94            104                       407

Extensions of Time                                                 60             69                48             58                       235

Unnumbered Cases                                                91             66                55             44                       256

Sua Sponte Matters                                                47             23                20             18                       108

Total Motions Filed                                                   321            244              217            224                     1006

Motions Terminated

Numbered Cases                                                  136             84                86            111                       417

Extensions of Time                                                 63             66                48             61                       238

Unnumbered Cases                                               104             62                54             50                       270

Sua Sponte Matters                                                41             29                18             31                       119

Total Motions Terminated                                          344            241              206            253                     1044

Motions Pending

Numbered Cases                                                  109             50                24             54                       237

Extensions of Time                                                 10               7                  4               3                         24

Unnumbered Cases                                                10               7                  6               4                         27

Sua Sponte Matters                                                23               2                  7             10                         42

Total Motions Pending                                               152             66                41             71                       330

Opinions Circulating:                                               30             21                  1             16                         68

Opinions Approved but not Released:                       1               2                  2               4                           9

Petitions for Bypass Filed                                          0               1                  0               0                           1

Civil                                                                         0               1                  0               0                           1

Criminal                                                                   0               0                  0               0                           0

Certifications Filed                                                     0               1                  0               3                           4

Civil                                                                         0               1                  0               2                           3

Criminal                                                                   0               0                  0               1                           1

Petitions for Review Filed                                        19             18                17               8                         62

Civil                                                                       11               4                  6               3                         24

Criminal                                                                   8             14                11               5                         38

 

 



Wisconsin Court of Appeals

Explanation of Termination Categories

 

OPINIONS

Includes three-judge and one-judge authored opinions and per curiam opinions.  All per curiam opinions are assigned to a supervising judge who has the responsibility for approval of the final draft of the opinion after circulation to the panel. 

SUMMARY DISPOSITIONS

Includes opinions issued in the form of a court order after the court has reviewed the briefs and record, and following a screening and decision conference(s).  All dispositions in this category are assigned to a supervising judge who is responsible for approval of the final draft of the opinion after circulation to the panel. 

MEMO OPINIONS

Includes opinions issued in the form of a court order prior to a screening and decision conference(s).  Examples of memo opinions are:  jurisdictional terminations; petitions for writs denied or granted if the order terminates the action; petitions for leave to appeal that are denied; summary disposition of unscreened cases – usually upon a motion; motions to dismiss on the merits that are granted; transfers to circuit court; any other miscellaneous termination of an appeal in which judicial time is expended and a full explication of reasoning is set forth.

OTHER

Includes miscellaneous orders terminating cases that are issued by the Clerk’s Office.  Examples of miscellaneous orders are:  voluntary dismissals; stipulations to dismiss; failure of an appellant to submit filing fee information.

 

Please Note:   Case filings are counted according to the district of origin and tracked through the appellate process in the filing district.  Terminations, however, are counted in the district that issued the opinion.  For example, a case filed in District IV, but transferred to District III, will be counted as a pending case in District IV until the opinion is issued when adjustments will be made to reflect the termination by District III.  In this example, the District III termination will result in one less case pending in District IV.

Page 2 of the Monthly Statistical Report reflects how many cases terminated by a particular district are transfer cases.  Page 3 of the report reflects the current status of transfer cases.