WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

DECEMBER 2009

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of December 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 117 opinions, 98 summary dispositions, and 80 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 2009                                                   I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 108                  41                  55                91                  295

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. ...... 20                    7                  12               30                    69

        Opinion - Criminal............................ ...... 16                    5                    8                19                    48

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 11                    5                    6                11                    33

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... ...... 30                    8                  10                17                    65       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................        15                    7                  12                  4                    38

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 12                    4                    5                  4                    25

        Other - Civil...................................... ........ 4                    5                    2                  3                    14

        Other - Criminal................................ ........ 0                    0                    0                  3                      3


 

So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 1,097 opinions, 852 summary dispositions, and 1,129 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

Cases Terminated.................................... .... 856                749                629              844                3078

 

        Opinion - Civil.................................. .... 153                150                120             194                  617

        Opinion - Criminal............................ .... 155                125                  74              126                  480

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil............................. ...... 64                  56                  49                64                  233

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal....................... .... 160                159                135              165                  619       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil......................      173                125                140              202                  640

        Memo Opinion - Criminal............... ...... 93                  75                  76                47                  291

        Other - Civil...................................... ...... 36                  43                  31                34                  144

Other - Criminal................................ ...... 22                  16                    4                12                    54

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 225 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

December 2009                                                   I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... ...... 73                  59                  43                50                  225

 

Civil.................................................... ...... 22                  29                  25                26                  102

Criminal............................................. ...... 51                  30                  18                24                  123

 

So far this year, a total of 3,067 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                        I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Filed............................................... .... 942                734                677              714                3067

 

Civil.................................................... .... 415                378                388              448                1629

Criminal................................................... 527                356                289              266                1438

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 2068 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                               I                   II                  III                IV              Total

 

Cases Pending......................................... .... 649                516                397              506                2068

 

Civil......................................................... 247                252                252              290                1041

Criminal................................................... 402                264                145              216                1027

 


Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 2 and disposed of 7 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................................................ 1                    1                    0                  0                      2

 

Sup. Writs Terminated............................ ........ 4                    2                    1                  0                      7

        Granted....................................................... 1                    0                    0                  0                      1

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 3                    2                    1                  0                      6

 

Sup. Writs Pending........................................ 11                    7                    2                  8                    28

 

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 19 and disposed of 12 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                    4                    6                  5                    19

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated. ........ 1                    4                    5                  2                    12

        Granted....................................................... 0                    0                    1                  2                      3

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 1                    4                    4                  0                      9

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending...... ........ 8                    7                    6                  6                    27

 

 

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

 

            The Supreme Court received 50 petitions for review of decisions of the Court of Appeals, 4 petitions to bypass the Court of Appeals, and no 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...................... ...... 14                    9                  11                16                    50

        Civil............................................................. 7                    7                    6                11                    31

        Criminal....................................................... 7                    2                    5                  5                    19

 

Petitions for Bypass Filed...................... ........ 0                    1                    0                  3                      4

        Civil............................................................. 0                    1                    0                  3                      4

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

 

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

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

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