Date:                April 4, 2008

To:                    Court of Appeals Judges, Director of State Courts, Staff Counsel, Clerk's Office Staff

From:                David R. Schanker, Clerk

Re:                   COURT OF APPEALS MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT – March 2008

Cumulative:  January 1, 2008 through March 31, 2008

APPELLATE DISTRICT                                               I                II               III               IV                   TOTAL

Cases Carried Over from Dec. 31, 2007                        654             459            313             480                       1906

Civil                                                                       240             223            172             279                         914

Criminal                                                                 414             236            141             201                         992

 

Cases Filed                                                               231             196            145             194                         766

Civil                                                                       101               97             61             111                         370

Criminal                                                                 130               99             84               83                         396

Cases Docketed                                                        885             655            458             674                       2672

Civil                                                                       341             320            233             390                       1284

Criminal                                                                 544             335            225             284                       1388

Cases Reopened                                                           3                2               1                4                           10

Civil                                                                          3                2               0                4                            9

Criminal                                                                    0                0               1                0                            1

 

Cases Terminated*                                                     194             179            158             239                         770

 

Opinion - Civil                                                          50               35             37               60                         182

Opinion - Criminal                                                    18               27            23               26                           94

     Subtotal                                                             68               62             60               86                         276

Sum. Disp. – Civil                                                      6               12             11               15                           44

Sum. Disp. - Criminal                                               64               34              37               65                         200

     Subtotal                                                             70               46             48               80                         244

Memo Opinion - Civil                                                29               28             29               43                         129

Memo Opinion - Criminal                                          14               29             12               17                           72

     Subtotal                                                             43               57             41               60                         201

Other - Civil                                                               9               11               8               10                           38

Other - Criminal                                                         4                3               1                3                           11

     Subtotal                                                             13               14               9               13                           49

Cases Pending                                                          694             478            301             439                       1912

Civil                                                                       250             236            148             266                         900

Criminal                                                                 444             242            153             173                       1012

 

*   Terminations are adjusted to reflect dispositions by panels assigned to cases filed in other districts and cover the "number of cases" terminated.


Case Activity During the Month of March 2008

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APPELLATE DISTRICT                                               I                II               III               IV                   TOTAL

Cases Filed                                                              91             61                62             62                       276

Civil                                                                       41             27                22             35                       125

Criminal                                                                 50             34                40             27                       151

Cases Terminated                                                    62             60                57             68                       247

Opinion - Civil                                                         10             10                  9             11   1 – III/IV             40

Opinion - Criminal                                                     4             13                  6                    6   1 – II/IV             29

                                                                                                                                        1 – III/IV

Sum. Disp. - Civil                                                      1               5                  2               3                         11

Sum. Disp. - Criminal                                              26                9                16             19   6 – I/IV              70

                                                                                                                                       

Memo Opinion - Civil                                               13              11                12             14   1 – I/IV              50

Memo Opinion - Criminal                                           5               6                 8               8   1 – III/IV             27

Other - Civil                                                              3               4                  3               5                         15

Other - Criminal                                                        0               2                  1               2                           5

Cases Reopened                                                        2               0                  1               1                           4

Civil                                                                         2               0                  0               1                           3

Criminal                                                                   0               0                  1               0                           1

 

 

Notices of Appeal Filed:                                             I                II               III               IV                   TOTAL

One-Judge  Appeals                                                 13             13                  7             13                         46

Civil                                                                       11               7                  3               8                         29

Criminal                                                                   2               6                  4               5                         17

Three-Judge Appeals                                               70             38                49             37                       194

Civil                                                                       22             13                15             17                         67

Criminal                                                                 48             25                34             20                       127

 

Sup. Writs Filed                                                         7               5                  1               8                         21

Sup. Writs Terminated                                             12               4                  1               7                         24

Granted                                                                   0               1                  0               0                           1

Denied, Dismissed, Other                                        12               3                  1               7                         23

Sup. Writs Pending                                                  17               7                  1             13                         41

 

 


Leave to Appeal Filed                                               2               5                  6               5                         18

Leave to Appeal Terminated                                     2             10                  9               3                         24

Granted                                                                   2               1                  0               0                           3

Denied, Dismissed, Other                                         0               9                  9               3                         21

Leave to Appeal Pending                                        21               9                  6               5                         41


Additional Matters During the Month of March 2008

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APPELLATE DISTRICT                                               I                II               III               IV                   TOTAL

Motions Filed

Numbered Cases                                                  113             78                66             75                       332

Extensions of Time                                                 67             49                43             47                       206

Unnumbered Cases                                               120             71                49             63                       303

Sua Sponte Matters                                                29             23                12             38                       102

Total Motions Filed                                                   329            221              170            223                       943

Motions Terminated

Numbered Cases                                                  115             89                58             89                       351

Extensions of Time                                                 56             41                46             50                       203

Unnumbered Cases                                               111             74                48             61                       294

Sua Sponte Matters                                                37             27                11             21                         96

Total Motions Terminated                                          319            241              163            221                       944

Motions Pending

Numbered Cases                                                  112             50                21             58                       241

Extensions of Time                                                 13               3                  4               4                         24

Unnumbered Cases                                                21               7                  4               3                         35

Sua Sponte Matters                                                14               9                  4             24                         51

Total Motions Pending                                               160             69                33             89                       351

Opinions Circulating:                                               28               7                  7             14                         56

Opinions Approved but not Released:                       4               6                  7               0                         17

Petitions for Bypass Filed                                          0               0                  0               1                           1

Civil                                                                         0               0                  0               0                           0

Criminal                                                                   0               0                  0               1                           1

Certifications Filed                                                     0               0                  0               0                           0

Civil                                                                         0               0                  0               0                           0

Criminal                                                                   0               0                  0               0                           0

Petitions for Review Filed                                        12             16                11             25                         64

Civil                                                                         6             11                  3             19                         39

Criminal                                                                   6               5                  8               6                         25

 

 



Wisconsin Court of Appeals

Explanation of Termination Categories

 

OPINIONS

Includes three-judge and one-judge authored opinions and per curiam opinions.  All per curiam opinions are assigned to a supervising judge who has the responsibility for approval of the final draft of the opinion after circulation to the panel. 

SUMMARY DISPOSITIONS

Includes opinions issued in the form of a court order after the court has reviewed the briefs and record, and following a screening and decision conference(s).  All dispositions in this category are assigned to a supervising judge who is responsible for approval of the final draft of the opinion after circulation to the panel. 

MEMO OPINIONS

Includes opinions issued in the form of a court order prior to a screening and decision conference(s).  Examples of memo opinions are:  jurisdictional terminations; petitions for writs denied or granted if the order terminates the action; petitions for leave to appeal that are denied; summary disposition of unscreened cases – usually upon a motion; motions to dismiss on the merits that are granted; transfers to circuit court; any other miscellaneous termination of an appeal in which judicial time is expended and a full explication of reasoning is set forth.

OTHER

Includes miscellaneous orders terminating cases that are issued by the Clerk’s Office.  Examples of miscellaneous orders are:  voluntary dismissals; stipulations to dismiss; failure of an appellant to submit filing fee information.

 

Please Note:   Case filings are counted according to the district of origin and tracked through the appellate process in the filing district.  Terminations, however, are counted in the district that issued the opinion.  For example, a case filed in District IV, but transferred to District III, will be counted as a pending case in District IV until the opinion is issued when adjustments will be made to reflect the termination by District III.  In this example, the District III termination will result in one less case pending in District IV.

Page 2 of the Monthly Statistical Report reflects how many cases terminated by a particular district are transfer cases.  Page 3 of the report reflects the current status of transfer cases.