WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

AUGUST 2008

 

 

This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of August 2008 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2008.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

The Court of Appeals issued 90 opinions, 70 summary dispositions, and 92 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 2008 I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 59 72 57 64 252

 

Opinion - Civil.................................. ........ 9 22 3 15 49

Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 15 9 6 11 41

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 1 5 4 6 16

Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 13 15 15 11 54

 

Memo Opinion - Civil...................... 13 8 17 13 51

Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 6 9 10 5 30

Other - Civil...................................... ........ 2 4 2 2 10

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


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 748 opinions, 592 summary dispositions, and 717 other written decisions.

Year to Date I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated........................... ... 562 492 422 581 2057

 

Opinion - Civil.................................. .... 121 104 85 146 456

Opinion - Criminal..................... ..... 94 78 52 68 292

Sum. Disp. Civil............................ ...... 26 38 35 40 141

Sum. Disp. - Criminal................. ... 145 94 83 129 451

Memo Opinion - Civil................ ..... 99 84 85 114 382

Memo Opinion - Criminal........... 48 60 55 44 207

Other - Civil............................. ..... 21 28 20 33 102

Other - Criminal........................ ...... 8 6 5 7 26

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

A total of 264 appeals were filed during the month. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

August 2008 I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 64 76 59 65 264

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 33 39 29 36 137

Criminal............................................. ...... 31 37 30 29 127

 

So far this year, a total of 2065 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ... 584 546 434 501 2065

 

Civil.................................................... ... 262 258 220 300 1040

Criminal............................................. ... 322 288 214 201 1025

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

As of the end of the month, a total of 1978 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 636 535 320 487 1978

 

Civil.................................................... .... 238 254 166 275 933

Criminal............................................. .... 398 281 154 212 1045

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

The Court of Appeals received 17 and disposed of 13 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....................................... ........ 4 4 4 5 17

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 4 1 3 5 13

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

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

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 23 8 3 14 48

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

The Court of Appeals received 18 and disposed of 17 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 4 4 18

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 5 5 3 4 17

Granted.............................................. ........ 0 2 0 3 5

Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 5 3 3 1 12

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 21 9 3 6 39

 

 

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

 

The Supreme Court received 69 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 3 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...................... ...... 18 17 10 24 69

Civil.................................................... ........ 7 7 6 14 34

Criminal............................................. ...... 11 10 4 10 35

 

Petitions for Bypass Filed...................... ........ 0 0 3 0 3

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

Criminal............................................. ........ 0 0 1 0 1

 

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

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

Criminal............................................. ........ 0 0 0 1 1