WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

AUGUST 2009

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court during the month of August 2009 and to date for the term that began on September 1, 2008.

 

Opinions Issued by the Court

 

            The Supreme Court issued no opinions in August.

 

                                                                                              August 2009     Term to Date

 

Total number of cases resolved by opinion ..............................        0                      87

      Attorney disciplinary cases.................................................        0                      23

      Judicial disciplinary cases...................................................        0                        0

      Civil cases.........................................................................        0                      43

      Criminal cases ..................................................................        0                      21

           

 

Petitions for Review

 

            A total of 59 petitions for review were filed during the month.  A petition for review asks the Supreme Court to review the decision of the Court of Appeals.  The Supreme Court’s jurisdiction is discretionary, meaning that review is granted in selected cases only.  In August, the Supreme Court disposed of 50 petitions for review, of which 3 petitions were granted.  The Supreme Court currently has 233 petitions for review pending.

 

                                                                                            August 2009       Term to Date

 

Petitions for Review filed..........................................................     59                     777

      Civil cases.........................................................................     28                     391

      Criminal cases...................................................................     31                     386


 

Petition for Review dispositions................................................     50                     740

      Civil cases (petitions granted).............................................     26  (3)               372  (31)

      Criminal cases (petitions granted).......................................     24  (0)               368  (16)

 

 

Petitions for Bypass

 

            In August, the Supreme Court received 2 petitions for bypass and disposed of no petitions for bypass.  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.  A matter appropriate for bypass is usually one which meets one or more of the criteria for review by the Supreme Court and one the Supreme Court concludes it will ultimately choose to consider regardless of how the Court of Appeals might decide the issues.  A petition for bypass may also be granted where there is a clear need to hasten the ultimate appellate decision.  The Supreme Court currently has 4 petitions for bypass pending.

 

                                                                                            August 2009       Term to Date

 

Petitions for Bypass filed..........................................................       2                      9

      Civil cases.........................................................................       1                      6

      Criminal cases...................................................................       1                      3

 

Petition for Bypass dispositions................................................       0                    11    

      Civil cases (petitions granted).............................................       0  (0)                8  (0)

      Criminal cases (petitions granted).......................................       0  (0)                3  (1)

 

 

Requests for Certification

 

            During August 2009, the Supreme Court received no requests for certification and disposed of one request for certification, which was granted.  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.  A request for certification is decided on the basis of the same criteria as a petition to bypass.  The Supreme Court currently has 1 request for certification pending.

 

                                                                                            August 2009       Term to Date

 

Requests for Certification filed..................................................       0                    10

      Civil cases.........................................................................       0                      7

      Criminal cases...................................................................       0                      3

 

Request for Certification dispositions........................................       1                    11    

      Civil cases (requests granted).............................................       0  (0)                8  (6)

      Criminal cases (requests granted).......................................       1  (1)                3  (3)

 

 

 

           


Regulatory Matters, Supervisory Writs, and Original Actions

 

            During the month, a total of 2 matters within the regulatory jurisdiction of the Court (bar admission, lawyer discipline, and judicial discipline) were filed.  The Supreme Court also received 10 petitions for supervisory writ, which ask the Supreme Court to order the Court of Appeals or a circuit court to take a certain action in a case.  No original actions were filed.  An original action is a petition asking the Supreme Court to take jurisdiction over a particular matter.  When an opinion is issued in these cases, the disposition is included in “Opinions Issued by the Court” above; otherwise, the case is disposed of by order and is included in the totals below.  The Supreme Court currently has 32 regulatory matters and 23 petitions for supervisory writ pending.

 

                                                                                             August 2009      Term to Date

 

Filings

 

Attorney discipline...................................................................        2                   48

Judicial discipline.....................................................................        0                     1

Bar admission..........................................................................        0                     1

Petitions for Supervisory Writ..................................................      10                   72

Other (including Original Actions).............................................        0                   10

 

Dispositions by Order

 

Attorney discipline...................................................................        3                   22

Judicial discipline.....................................................................        0                     0

Bar admission..........................................................................        0                     0

Petitions for Supervisory Writ..................................................        4                   56

Other (including Original Actions).............................................        1                   13