WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

FEBRUARY 2009

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of February 2009 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2009.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

            The Court of Appeals issued 103 opinions, 63 summary dispositions, and 78 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 2009                                                     I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 70                  55                  72                47                  244

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 17                  17                  20               15                    69

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 13                    8                    6                  7                    34

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 4                    1                    5                  3                    13

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 19                  15                  13                  3                    50       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        10                    7                  17                15                    49

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 3                    2                    8                  4                    17

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 3                    4                    3                  0                    10

        Other - Criminal................................ ........ 1                    1                    0                  0                      2


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 168 opinions, 124 summary dispositions, and 183 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 133                111                129              102                  475

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 34                  26                  30               21                  111

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 21                  11                  10                15                    57

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ........ 6                    6                    8                  8                    28

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 32                  27                  26                11                    96       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        17                  19                  30                27                    93

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 7                    9                  18                13                    47

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 9                    8                    6                  5                    28

Other - Criminal................................ ........ 7                    5                    1                  2                    15

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 228 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

February 2009                                                     I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 57                  69                  44                58                  228

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 26                  33                  21                38                  118

Criminal............................................. ...... 31                  36                  23                20                  110

 

So far this year, a total of 490 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 144                127                104              115                  490

 

Civil........................................................... 60                  67                  56                68                  251

Criminal..................................................... 84                  60                  48                47                  239

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2016 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 622                568                307              519                2016

 

Civil.................................................... .... 257                263                168              268                  974

Criminal............................................. .... 365                305                139              233                1042

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 24 and disposed of 13 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....................................... ...... 11                    4                    4                  5                    24

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 3                    3                    3                  4                    13

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 3                    3                    3                  4                    13

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 33                    7                    3                12                    55

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 18 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............ ........ 5                    7                    3                  3                    18

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 0                    8                    6                  2                    16

        Granted.............................................. ........ 0                    4                    0                  1                      5       

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 0                    4                    6                  1                    11

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 28                    8                    6                  5                    47

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 58 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                  13                  14                14                    58

        Civil.................................................... ........ 9                    6                    7                  5                    27

        Criminal............................................. ........ 8                    7                    7                  9                    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