WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

OCTOBER 2009

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of October 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 90 opinions, 57 summary dispositions, and 121 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 2009                                                      I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 84                  58                  54                72                  268

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ........ 9                  11                  11               20                    51

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 14                    6                    5                14                    39

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 7                    4                    4                  4                    19

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ........ 8                    8                  13                  9                    38       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        26                  16                  10                21                    73

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 10                    7                    7                  1                    25

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 5                    5                    4                  3                    17

        Other - Criminal................................ ........ 5                    1                    0                  0                      6


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 897 opinions, 688 summary dispositions, and 964 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 688                650                510              701                2549

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. .... 126                129                  99             154                  508

        Opinion - Criminal............................ .... 128                110                  54                97                  389

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 50                  47                  40                50                  187

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... .... 119                144                103              135                  501       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................      145                110                120              184                  559

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 70                  64                  62                42                  238

        Other - Civil...................................... ...... 30                  33                  28                30                  121

Other - Criminal................................ ...... 20                  13                    4                  9                    46

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 239 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

October 2009                                                      I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 74                  61                  48                56                  239

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 38                  31                  23                31                  123

Criminal............................................. ...... 36                  30                  25                25                  116

 

So far this year, a total of 2633 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 800                624                598              611                2633

 

Civil.................................................... .... 360                322                340              387                1409

Criminal................................................... 440                302                258              224                1224

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2134 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 676                510                431              517                2134

 

Civil......................................................... 259                252                253              286                1050

Criminal................................................... 417                258                178              231                1084

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 20 and disposed of 32 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................................................ 8                    4                    2                  6                    20

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ...... 19                    3                    1                  9                    32

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other...................... 19                    3                    1                  9                    32

 

Sup. Writs Pending........................................ 18                    9                    2                12                    41

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 15 and disposed of 18 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..................... 1                    7                    6                  1                    15

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 5                    7                    2                  4                    18

        Granted....................................................... 2                    0                    0                  1                      3

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 3                    7                    2                  3                    15

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending............. 11                    7                    5                  3                    26

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 66 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 2 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...................... ...... 27                  21                    8                10                    66

        Civil........................................................... 13                    7                    3                  4                    27

        Criminal..................................................... 14                  14                    5                  6                    39

 

Petitions for Bypass Filed...................... ........ 2                    0                    0                  0                      2

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

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

 

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

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

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