National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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State Court Statistics, 1985-2001: [United States] (ICPSR 9266) RSS

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Summary:

This data collection provides comparable measures of state appellate and trial court caseloads by type of case for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Court caseloads are tabulated according to generic reporting categories developed by the Court Statistics Project Committee of the Conference of State Court Administrators. These categories describe differences in the unit of count and the point of count when compiling each court's caseload. Major areas of investigation include (1) case filings in state appellate and trial courts, (2) case processing and dispositions in state appellate and trial courts, and (3) appellate opinions. Within each of these areas of state government investigation, cases are separated by main case type, including civil cases, capital punishment cases, other criminal cases, juvenile cases, and administrative agency appeals.

Series: State Court Statistics Series

Access Notes

  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

WARNING: Because this study has many datasets, the download all files option has been suppressed, and you will need to download one dataset at a time.

DS1:  Appellate Court Data, 1987 - Download All Files (2,244 KB)
DS2:  Trial Court Data, 1987 - Download All Files (2,383 KB)
DS3:  Appellate Court Data, 1988 - Download All Files (77 KB)
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DS4:  Trial Court Data, 1988 - Download All Files (163 KB)
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DS5:  Appellate Court Data, 1989 - Download All Files (77 KB)
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DS6:  Trial Court Data, 1989 - Download All Files (167 KB)
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DS7:  Appellate Court Data, 1990 - Download All Files (77 KB)
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DS8:  Trial Court Data, 1990 - Download All Files (170 KB)
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DS9:  Appellate Court Data, 1991 - Download All Files (82 KB)
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DS10:  Trial Court Data, 1991 - Download All Files (180 KB)
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DS11:  Appellate Court Data, 1992 - Download All Files (82 KB)
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DS12:  Trial Court Data, 1992 - Download All Files (180 KB)
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DS13:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Appellate Court Data, 1988 - Download All Files (36 KB)
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DS14:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Appellate Court Data, 1989 - Download All Files (40 KB)
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DS15:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Appellate Court Data, 1990 - Download All Files (40 KB)
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DS16:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Appellate Court Data, 1991 - Download All Files (40 KB)
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DS17:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Appellate Court Data, 1992 - Download All Files (40 KB)
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DS18:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Trial Court Data, 1988 - Download All Files (39 KB)
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DS19:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Trial Court Data, 1989 - Download All Files (45 KB)
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DS20:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Trial Court Data, 1990 - Download All Files (45 KB)
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DS21:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Trial Court Data, 1991 - Download All Files (56 KB)
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DS22:  SAS Data Definition Statements for Trial Court Data, 1992 - Download All Files (55 KB)
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DS23:  Codebook for Appellate Court Data, 1988-1992
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DS24:  Codebook for Trial Court Data, 1988-1992
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DS25:  Appellate Court Data, 1985 - Download All Files (702 KB)
DS26:  Trial Court Data, 1985 - Download All Files (442 KB)
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DS27:  Appellate Court Data, 1986 - Download All Files (705 KB)
DS28:  Trial Court Data, 1986 - Download All Files (442 KB)
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DS29:  Appellate Court Data, 1993 - Download All Files (947 KB)
DS30:  Trial Court Data, 1993 - Download All Files (758 KB)
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DS31:  Appellate Court Data, 1994 - Download All Files (961 KB)
DS32:  Trial Court Data, 1994 - Download All Files (758 KB)
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DS33:  Appellate Court Data, 1995 - Download All Files (860 KB)
DS34:  Trial Court Data, 1995 - Download All Files (598 KB)
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DS35:  Appellate Court Data, 1996 - Download All Files (794 KB)
DS36:  Trial Court Data, 1996 - Download All Files (541 KB)
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DS37:  Appellate Court Data, 1997 - Download All Files (806 KB)
DS38:  Trial Court Data, 1997 - Download All Files (1,858 KB)
DS39:  Appellate Court Data, 1998 - Download All Files (794 KB)
DS40:  Trial Court Data, 1998 - Download All Files (1,853 KB)
DS41:  Appellate Court Data, 1999 - Download All Files (1,249 KB)
DS42:  Trial Court Data, 1999 - Download All Files (1,102 KB)
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DS43:  Appellate Court Data, 2000 - Download All Files (4,623 KB)
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DS44:  Trial Court Data, 2000 - Download All Files (4,875 KB)
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DS45:  Appellate Court Data, 2001 - Download All Files (2,993 KB)
DS46:  Trial Court Data, 2001 - Download All Files (2,846 KB)
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Study Description

Citation

National Center for State Courts. State Court Statistics, 1985-2001: [United States]. ICPSR09266-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-04. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09266.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • State Justice Institute (SJI-91-N-007-001-1)
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   appellate courts, case processing, caseloads, court cases, disposition (legal), legal appeals, state courts, statistical data, trial courts

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985--2001

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985--2001

Universe:   State appellate and trial court cases in the United States.

Data Types:   aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The Court Statistics Project Web page is: http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Research/csp/CSP_Main_Page.html.

A user guide containing court codes and variable descriptions for the 1987 data and the codebooks for the 1995-2001 data are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files, and the codebooks for the 1988-1992 data are available in both ASCII text and PDF versions.

Methodology

Data Source:

published annual reports of administrative court offices and unpublished statistics provided by state administrative offices of the court and clerks of state appellate courts

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
  • 2003-08-27 Part 45, Appellate Court Data, 2001, and Part 46, Trial Court Data, 2001, have been added to the data collection, along with corresponding SAS and SPSS data definition statements and PDF codebooks.
  • 2002-08-13 Part 43, Appellate Court Data, 2000, and Part 44, Trial Court Data, 2000, have been added to the data collection, along with corresponding SAS and SPSS data definition statements and PDF codebooks.
  • 2001-10-31 Part 41, Appellate Court Data, 1999, and Part 42, Trial Court Data, 1999, have been added to the data collection, along with corresponding SAS and SPSS data definition statements and PDF codebooks.
  • 2000-03-23 Part 39, Appellate Court Data, 1998, and Part 40, Trial Court Data, 1998, have been added to the data collection, along with corresponding SAS and SPSS data definition statements and PDF codebooks.
  • 1999-07-16 Part 37, Appellate Court Data, 1997, and Part 38, Trial Court Data, 1997, have been added to the data collection, along with corresponding SAS and SPSS data definition statements and PDF codebooks.

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