Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base Bankruptcy Petitions, 2011 (ICPSR 36485)

Principal Investigator(s): Federal Judicial Center


In 2008, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) began implementing the NewSTATS (New Streamline Timely Access to Statistics) Project with respect to bankruptcy data. The project's goals were to modernize the system for collecting, processing, analyzing, and reporting statistics of the federal court system. Based on the records for bankruptcy cases in NewSTATS, a data base for internal use in the Research Division of the Federal Judicial Center has been created. That data base is the Bankruptcy Petition NewSTATS Snapshots [BPNS] Data Base.

Series: Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database Series

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.

    Access to these data is restricted. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research.

    Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


No downloadable data files available.

Study Description


Federal Judicial Center. Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base Bankruptcy Petitions, 2011. ICPSR36485-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-08-08. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36485.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36485.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    administration, appellate courts, bankruptcy, case dismissal, case processing, civil law, court cases, disposition (legal), federal courts, judicial decisions, legal systems, pretrial procedures, records, trial courts, trial procedures

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2011

Date of Collection:   

  • 2011

Unit of Observation:    Federal Bankruptcy Court case.

Universe:    All federal Bankruptcy Court cases in the United States in 2011.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data, event/transaction data, survey data


Study Purpose:    The purpose of this data collection is to provide an official public record of the business of the federal courts. The data originate from 100 court offices throughout the United States. Information was obtained at two points in the life of a case: filing and termination. The termination data contain information on both filing and terminations, while the pending data contain only filing information. For the appellate and civil data, the unit of analysis is a single case. The unit of analysis for the criminal data is a single defendant.

Mode of Data Collection:    record abstracts

Data Source:

computerized court records, administrative records

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.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2016-08-08

Version History:

  • 2017-01-05 The appendix of the codebook was updated to correct coding of the EASST variable. This change does not affect the dataset.


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