WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

DECEMBER 2008

 

 

This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of December 2008 and for the calendar year ending December 31, 2008.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

The Court of Appeals issued 105 opinions, 97 summary dispositions, and 64 other written decisions in December. 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:

December 2008 I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 69 66 53 78 266

 

Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 10 14 14 23 61

Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 22 9 5 8 44

 

Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 2 7 5 13 27

Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 21 21 13 15 70

 

Memo Opinion - Civil...................... 7 10 11 9 37

Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 6 4 4 6 20

Other - Civil...................................... ........ 1 1 1 2 5

Other - Criminal................................ ........ 0 0 0 2 2


 

During the year ended December 31, 2008, the Court of Appeals issued 1119 opinions, 909 summary dispositions, and 1050 other written decisions.

Year to Date I II III IV Total

Cases Terminated........................... ... 814 752 629 883 3078

 

Opinion - Civil.................................. .... 160 158 126 216 660

Opinion - Criminal..................... ... 164 115 80 100 459

Sum. Disp. Civil............................ ...... 33 62 50 65 210

Sum. Disp. - Criminal................. ... 216 151 139 193 699

Memo Opinion - Civil................ ... 132 128 135 179 574

Memo Opinion - Criminal........... 72 87 68 70 297

Other - Civil............................. ..... 27 41 26 47 141

Other - Criminal........................ ..... 10 10 5 13 38

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

A total of 246 appeals were filed during the month. An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

December 2008 I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 82 58 53 53 246

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 30 31 34 34 129

Criminal............................................. ...... 52 27 19 19 117

 

During the year ended December 31, 2008, a total of 3102 appeals were filed.

 

Year to Date I II III IV Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ... 856 827 659 760 3102

 

Civil.................................................... ... 382 389 355 452 1578

Criminal............................................. ... 474 438 304 308 1524

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

As of the end of December, a total of 2008 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

I II III IV Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 622 562 332 492 2008

 

Civil.................................................... .... 268 257 186 273 984

Criminal............................................. .... 354 305 146 219 1024

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

The Court of Appeals received 11 and disposed of 5 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 0 2 6 11

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 1 1 2 1 5

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

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

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 26 5 2 11 44

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

The Court of Appeals received 17 and disposed of 19 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............ ........ 4 6 4 3 17

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 5 3 5 6 19

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

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

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 20 10 3 6 39

 

 

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

 

The Supreme Court received 71 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, no petitions 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...................... ...... 17 18 12 24 71

Civil.................................................... ........ 7 7 7 18 39

Criminal............................................. ...... 10 11 5 6 32

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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