WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of February 2012 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2012.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

The Court of Appeals issued 78 opinions, 52 summary dispositions, and 77 other written decisions in February. 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:

February 2012 I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.......................................... 38 66 29 74 207

 

Opinion - Civil........................................ 11 11 6 18 46

Opinion - Criminal................................... 8 18 4 2 32

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 1 6 2 3 12

Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 11 14 2 13 40

 

Memo Opinion - Civil..................... 5 9 6 18 38

Memo Opinion - Criminal...................... 1 4 7 13 25

Other - Civil............................................... 0 3 1 4 8

Other - Criminal........................................ 1 1 1 3 6

This year, the Court of Appeals has issued 163 opinions, 103 summary dispositions, and 162 other written decisions.

Year to Date I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.......................................... 93 112 93 130 428

 

Opinion - Civil........................................ 24 20 28 28 100

Opinion - Criminal................................. 18 27 14 4 63

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 2 11 12 10 35

Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 16 22 8 22 68

 

Memo Opinion - Civil..................... 20 17 11 37 85

Memo Opinion - Criminal...................... 9 8 15 20 52

Other - Civil............................................... 3 5 4 6 18

Other - Criminal........................................ 1 2 1 3 7

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

A total of 203 appeals were filed during the month. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

February 2012 I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed...................................................... 50 53 52 48 203

 

Civil.......................................................... 21 23 27 31 102

Criminal................................................... 29 30 25 17 101

 

This year, a total of 410 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed.................................................... 108 104 98 100 410

 

Civil.......................................................... 51 56 51 61 219

Criminal................................................... 57 48 47 39 191

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

As of the end of the month, a total of 1993 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Cases Pending.............................................. 564 474 404 551 1993

 

Civil........................................................ 258 230 235 324 1047

Criminal................................................ 306 244 169 227 946

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

The Court of Appeals received 16 and disposed of 10 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 3 6 4 16

 

Sup. Writs Terminated.................................... 2 3 1 4 10

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

Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 2 3 1 4 10

 

Sup. Writs Pending......................................... 24 8 12 12 56

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

The Court of Appeals received 17 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..................... 2 6 6 3 17

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated........... 3 4 5 4 16

Granted...................................................... 1 1 1 2 5

Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 2 3 4 2 11

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending............... 8 8 4 5 25

 

 

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

 

The Supreme Court received 56 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 1 petition 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............................. 15 10 19 12 56

Civil............................................................ 8 3 9 8 28

Criminal..................................................... 7 7 10 4 28

 

Petitions for Bypass Filed............................... 0 1 0 0 1

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

Criminal..................................................... 1 0 0 0 1

 

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

Civil............................................................ 0 0 0 0 0

Criminal..................................................... 0 0 0 1 1