WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

APRIL 2010

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of April 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 98 opinions, 76 summary dispositions, and 78 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 2010                                                            I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 81                  54                  46                71                  252

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 24                    7                  10               12                    53

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 17                    9                    5                14                    45

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 0                    1                    7                  9                    17

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 13                  17                  12                17                    59       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        15                    9                    6                15                    45

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 6                    5                    4                  2                    17

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 4                    1                    1                  2                      8

        Other - Criminal................................ ........ 2                    5                    1                  0                      8

                So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 357 opinions, 273 summary dispositions, and 365 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 296                259                187              253                  995

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 52                  51                  42               45                  190

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 64                  43                  28                32                  167

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 3                  18                  14                24                    59

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 60                  56                  28                70                  214       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        42                  44                  43                51                  180

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 35                  21                  20                15                    91

        Other - Civil...................................... ...... 20                  17                  11                13                    61

Other - Criminal................................ ...... 20                    9                    1                  3                    33

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 256 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

April 2010                                                            I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 71                  64                  55                66                  256

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 30                  23                  36                44                  133

Criminal............................................. ...... 41                  41                  19                22                  123

 

                So far this year, a total of 1044 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 326                265                211              242                1044

 

Civil......................................................... 151                121                135              144                  551

Criminal................................................... 175                144                  76                98                  493

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2112 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 653                542                421              514                2112

 

Civil......................................................... 286                252                270              306                1114

Criminal................................................... 367                272                151              208                  998

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 14 and disposed of 17 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................................................ 3                    1                    0                10                    14

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 7                    2                    1                  7                    17

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 7                    2                    1                  6                    16

 

Sup. Writs Pending........................................ 24                    9                    1                18                    52

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 13 and disposed of 14 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                    3                    7                  1                    13

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 5                    6                    2                  1                    14

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 5                    5                    2                  1                    13

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ........ 7                    3                    6                  6                    22

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 64 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, no petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and one 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...................... ...... 21                  13                  11                19                    64

        Civil............................................................. 7                    6                    6                14                    33

        Criminal..................................................... 14                    7                    5                  5                    31

 

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                  1                      1

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

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