WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

OCTOBER 2008

 

 

This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of October 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 85 opinions, 69 summary dispositions, and 114 other written decisions in October. 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:

October 2008 I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 70 73 38 87 268

 

Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 10 13 9 17 49

Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 13 10 5 8 36

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 2 6 1 7 16

Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 23 12 9 9 53

 

Memo Opinion - Civil...................... 10 17 11 34 72

Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 9 9 1 7 26

Other - Civil...................................... ........ 2 4 2 3 11

Other - Criminal................................ ........ 1 2 0 2 5


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 925 opinions, 733 summary dispositions, and 909 other written decisions.

Year to Date I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated........................... ... 689 618 530 730 2567

 

Opinion - Civil.................................. .... 144 131 107 176 558

Opinion - Criminal..................... ... 127 91 65 84 367

Sum. Disp. Civil............................ ...... 29 48 42 51 170

Sum. Disp. - Criminal................. ... 179 118 115 151 563

Memo Opinion - Civil................ ... 117 113 113 158 501

Memo Opinion - Criminal........... 59 72 59 59 249

Other - Civil............................. ..... 24 36 24 40 124

Other - Criminal........................ ..... 10 9 5 11 35

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

A total of 279 appeals were filed during the month. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

October 2008 I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 59 76 62 82 279

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 31 40 33 43 147

Criminal............................................. ...... 28 36 29 39 132

 

So far this year, a total of 2579 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ... 713 681 547 638 2579

 

Civil.................................................... ... 322 325 285 375 1307

Criminal............................................. ... 391 356 262 263 1272

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

As of the end of the month, a total of 1986 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 617 548 324 497 1986

 

Civil.................................................... .... 243 253 171 269 936

Criminal............................................. .... 374 295 153 228 1050

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

The Court of Appeals received 19 and disposed of 33 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....................................... ........ 5 3 4 7 19

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 7 8 3 15 33

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 7 7 3 15 32

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 22 5 4 8 39

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

The Court of Appeals received 11 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 4 3 2 11

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 1 2 1 5 9

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 1 2 1 5 9

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 21 6 3 3 33

 

 

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

 

The Supreme Court received 51 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...................... ...... 18 13 8 12 51

Civil.................................................... ........ 4 9 5 4 22

Criminal............................................. ...... 14 4 3 8 29

 

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