WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

APRIL 2009

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of April 2009 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2009.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

            The Court of Appeals issued 96 opinions, 85 summary dispositions, and 105 other written decisions in April.  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:

April 2009                                                            I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 77                  82                  52                75                  286

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 11                  19                    8               23                    61

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ........ 7                  12                    4                12                    35

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 4                    4                    6                  3                    17

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 17                  26                  10                15                    68       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        24                  11                  14                16                    65

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 10                    6                    7                  2                    25

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

        Other - Criminal................................ ........ 1                    2                    0                  1                      4


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 352 opinions, 316 summary dispositions, and 372 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 287                267                235              251                1040

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 52                  65                  48               62                  227

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 44                  29                  20                32                  125

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 21                  16                  19                16                    72

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 75                  72                  50                47                  244       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        49                  42                  57                58                  206

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 26                  23                  25                22                    96

        Other - Civil...................................... ...... 12                  12                  14                11                    49

Other - Criminal................................ ........ 8                    8                    2                  3                    21

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 247 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

April 2009                                                            I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 74                  63                  57                53                  247

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 39                  27                  32                40                  138

Criminal............................................. ...... 35                  36                  25                13                  109

 

So far this year, a total of 1052 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 312                251                240              249                1052

 

Civil......................................................... 135                124                144              166                  569

Criminal................................................... 177                127                  96                83                  483

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2052 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 635                537                338              542                2052

 

Civil.................................................... .... 266                246                192              312                1016

Criminal............................................. .... 369                291                146              230                1036

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 18 and disposed of 25 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....................................... ........ 6                    5                    1                  6                    18

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ...... 13                    3                    2                  7                    25

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ...... 13                    3                    2                  7                    25

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 32                  10                    2                15                    59

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 20 and disposed of 24 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............ ........ 5                    5                    2                  8                    20

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 8                    5                  10                  1                    24

        Granted.............................................. ........ 5                    2                    3                  0                    10       

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 3                    3                    7                  1                    14

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 23                    7                    0                  8                    38

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 70 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, no petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and three 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...................... ...... 22                  20                  10                18                    70

        Civil.................................................... ........ 7                  11                    7                  7                    32

        Criminal............................................. ...... 15                    9                    3                11                    38

 

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                  3                      3

        Civil.................................................... ........ 0                    0                    0                  3                      3

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