WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

 

APRIL 2012

 

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals during the month of April 2012 and to date for the year that began on January 1, 2012.

 

 

Opinions and Orders Issued by the Court

 

            The Court of Appeals issued 75 opinions, 55 summary dispositions, and 89 other written decisions in April.  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:

April 2012                                                          I                   II                 III               IV             Total

Cases Terminated.......................................... 48                 55                 41               75                 219

 

        Opinion - Civil........................................... 9                    9                 15               16                   49

        Opinion - Criminal................................... 8                    4                    5                  9                   26

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 2                    5                    3                  9                   19

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal.............................. 7                  12                   5               12                   36       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil.....................        13                  18                 10               16                   57

        Memo Opinion - Criminal...................... 2                    1                    1                  8                   12

        Other - Civil............................................... 6                    5                    2                  5                   18

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

                So far this year, the Court of Appeals has issued 352 opinions, 222 summary dispositions, and 348 other written decisions.

Year to Date                                                      I                   II                 III               IV             Total

Cases Terminated....................................... 216               234               191             281                 922

 

        Opinion - Civil........................................ 58                 40                 58              66                 222

        Opinion - Criminal................................. 37                 43                 29               21                 130

 

        Sum. Disp. - Civil...................................... 4                 20                 17               34                   75

        Sum. Disp. - Criminal............................ 44                 47                 19               37                 147       

 

        Memo Opinion - Civil.....................        48                 50                 35               69                 202

        Memo Opinion - Criminal.................... 13                 17                 23               36                   89

        Other - Civil............................................. 10                 14                    9               15                   48

Other - Criminal........................................ 2                    3                    1                  3                      9

 

 

Appeals Filed

 

            A total of 233 appeals were filed during the month.  An appeal asks the Court of Appeals to review the decision of the circuit court.

 

April 2012                                                          I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Filed...................................................... 67                 64                 41               61                 233

 

Civil.......................................................... 40                 38                 24               41                 143

Criminal................................................... 27                 26                 17               20                   90

 

                So far this year, a total of 872 appeals have been filed.

 

Year to Date                                                      I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Filed.................................................... 238               221               179             234                 872

 

Civil........................................................ 113               128               102             138                 481

Criminal................................................ 125                 93                 77               96                 391

 

 

 

Appeals Pending

 

            As of the end of the month, a total of 1977 cases were pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

                                                                                              I                   II                 III               IV             Total

 

Cases Pending.............................................. 560               478               378             561               1977

 

Civil........................................................ 240               234               222             317               1013

Criminal................................................ 320               244               156             244                 964

 

Petitions for Supervisory Writ

 

            The Court of Appeals received 19 and disposed of 18 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.............................................. 10                    3                    3                  3                   19

 

Sup. Writs Terminated.................................... 7                    3                    5                  3                   18

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

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 7                    3                    5                  3                   18

 

Sup. Writs Pending......................................... 27                    7                    8               10                   52

 

Petitions for Leave to Appeal

 

            The Court of Appeals received 11 and disposed of 15 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                    2                    4                  1                   11

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Terminated...........                     3                    6                  0  6                            15

        Granted...................................................... 1                    0                    0                  3                      4

        Denied, Dismissed, Other........................ 2                    6                    0                  3                   11

 

Leave to Appeal Petitions Pending............... 8                    2                    5                  4                   19

 

 

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............................. 19                 17                 15               20                   71

        Civil.......................................................... 13                 11                 11               12                   47

        Criminal..................................................... 6                    6                    4                  8                   24

 

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