State v. Patrick Jackson, 2007 WI App 145, PFR filed 6/6/07
For Jackson: Marcella De Peters
Issue/Holding: Footnote 1:
Patrick Jackson’s notice of appeal says that he is appealing the trial-court order denying his motion for postconviction relief. The notice of appeal does not also indicate that he is also appealing from the judgment of conviction. This defect, however, is not fatal to our review of Jackson’s contention that the judgment was improperly entered against him. First, if the notice of appeal had, in haec verba, indicated that it was also appealing the judgment, it would have been timely because it was filed within twenty days of the trial court’s order denying Jackson’s motion for postconviction relief. See Wis. Stat. Rule 809.30(2)(j) (“The person shall file in circuit court and serve on the prosecutor and any other party a notice of appeal from the judgment of conviction and sentence or final adjudication and, if necessary, from the order of the circuit court on the motion for postconviction or postdisposition relief within 20 days of the entry of the order on the postconviction or postdisposition motion.”) (emphasis added). Second, it is a general rule of appellate jurisdiction that “all orders or rulings affecting both the respondent and the appellant when so reasonably related, may be heard whether appellant has included in his notice of appeal every part of the order or judgment or not.” Jones v. Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., 246 Wis. 462, 468, 17 N.W.2d 562, 565 (1945). Thus, Wis. Stat. Rule 809.10(1)(f) recognizes that “[a]n inconsequential error in the content of the notice of appeal is not a jurisdictional defect.” Cf. Rule 809.10(4) (“An appeal from a final judgment or final order brings before the court all prior nonfinal judgments, orders and rulings adverse to the appellant and favorable to the respondent made in the action or proceeding not previously appealed and ruled upon.”). Accordingly, we review all the matters he has raised that affect the judgment entered against him as well as those that affect the trial court’s order denying his motion for postconviction relief.