WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

MARCH 2010

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of March 2010 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2010.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

            The Court of Appeals issued 91 opinions, 70 summary dispositions, and 110 other written decisions in March.  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:

March 2010                                                         I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 70                  73                  53                75                  271

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ........ 6                  16                    9               14                    45

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 15                    9                  14                  8                    46

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 1                    9                    3                  7                    20

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 10                  12                    3                25                    50       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................          8                  16                  13                11                    48

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 15                    5                    8                  4                    32

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 6                    5                    3                  5                    19

        Other - Criminal................................ ........ 9                    1                    0                  1                    11

                So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 259 opinions, 197 summary dispositions, and 287 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 215                205                141              182                  743

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 28                  44                  32               33                  137

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 47                  34                  23                18                  122

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 3                  17                    7                15                    42

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 47                  39                  16                53                  155       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        27                  35                  37                36                  135

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 29                  16                  16                13                    74

        Other - Civil...................................... ...... 16                  16                  10                11                    53

Other - Criminal................................ ...... 18                    4                    0                  3                    25

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 266 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

March 2010                                                         I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 88                  67                  49                62                  266

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 43                  34                  24                35                  136

Criminal............................................. ...... 45                  33                  25                27                  130

 

                So far this year, a total of 788 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 255                201                156              176                  788

 

Civil......................................................... 121                  98                  99              100                  418

Criminal................................................... 134                103                  57                76                  370

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2068 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 660                497                404              507                2068

 

Civil......................................................... 295                237                260              299                1091

Criminal............................................. .... 365                260                144              208                  977

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 22 and disposed of 15 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.............................................. 10                    5                    1                  6                    22

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 3                    5                    2                  5                    15

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 3                    5                    2                  4                    14

 

Sup. Writs Pending........................................ 28                  11                    2                15                    56

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 18 and disposed of 16 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..................... 6                    5                    2                  5                    18

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 5                    6                    5                  0                    16

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 5                    6                    5                  0                    16

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ........ 9                    7                    4                  0                    20

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 59 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, no petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and no 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...................... ...... 16                  18                  14                11                    59

        Civil............................................................. 3                    9                    8                  6                    26

        Criminal..................................................... 13                    9                    6                  5                    33

 

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