WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2009

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of September 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 83 opinions, 65 summary dispositions, and 86 other written decisions in September.  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:

September 2009                                                  I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... ...... 65                  64                  54                51                  234

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 13                  13                    7                 9                    42

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 16                  15                    7                  3                    41

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 13                    4                    5                  6                    28

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ........ 9                  14                    8                  6                    37       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................          6                    9                  17                20                    52

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ........ 4                    7                    7                  4                    22

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 4                    2                    3                  3                    12

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


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 807 opinions, 631 summary dispositions, and 843 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 604                592                456              629                2281

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. .... 117                118                  88             134                  457

        Opinion - Criminal............................ .... 114                104                  49                83                  350

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 43                  43                  36                46                  168

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... .... 111                136                  90              126                  463       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................      119                  94                110              163                  486

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 60                  57                  55                41                  213

        Other - Civil...................................... ...... 25                  28                  24                27                  104

Other - Criminal................................ ...... 15                  12                    4                  9                    40

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 219 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

September 2009                                                  I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 48                  69                  48                54                  219

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 22                  35                  32                38                  127

Criminal............................................. ...... 26                  34                  16                16                    92

 

So far this year, a total of 2394 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 726                563                550              555                2394

 

Civil.................................................... .... 322                291                317              356                1286

Criminal................................................... 404                272                233              199                1108

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2168 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 698                505                434              531                2168

 

Civil.................................................... .... 273                259                257              302                1091

Criminal............................................. .... 425                246                177              229                1077

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 12 and disposed of 12 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....................................... ........ 6                    3                    0                  3                    12

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 3                    3                    0                  6                    12

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 3                    3                    0                  6                    12

 

Sup. Writs Pending................................. ...... 30                    8                    1                14                    53

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 18 and disposed of 8 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                    9                    3                  4                    18

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 2                    3                    3                  0                      8

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other............... ........ 2                    3                    3                  0                      8

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ...... 14                    7                    1                  6                    28

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 66 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 1 petition to bypass the Court of Appeals, and 3 requests 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...................... ...... 23                  17                  11                15                    66

        Civil.................................................... ........ 8                    7                    7                11                    33

        Criminal............................................. ...... 15                  10                    4                  4                    33

 

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

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

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

 

Certifications Filed.................................. ........ 0                    1                    1                  1                      3

        Civil.................................................... ........ 0                    0                    1                  1                      2

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