Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2002 (ICPSR 4059)
Principal Investigator(s): Federal Judicial Center
The purpose of this data collection is to provide an official public record of the business of the federal courts. The data originate from district and appellate 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.
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.
Federal Judicial Center. Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2002 . ICPSR04059-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-06-26. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04059.v3
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04059.v3
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, case dismissal, case processing, civil law, court cases, criminal law, defendants, disposition (legal), federal courts, judicial decisions, legal systems, pretrial procedures, records, trial courts, trial procedures
Smallest Geographic Unit: county
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: Civil Terminations Data -- case, Appellate Terminations Data -- case, Criminal Data -- defendant, Civil Pending Data -- case
Universe: All federal court cases in the United States in 2002.
Data Types: event/transaction data
Data Collection Notes:
Starting with the year 2001, each year of data for Federal Court Cases is released by ICPSR as a separate study number. Federal Court Cases data for the years 1970-2000 can be found in FEDERAL COURT CASES: INTEGRATED DATA BASE, 1970-2000 (ICPSR 8429).
Time Method: Cross-sectional
Mode of Data Collection: record abstracts
computerized court records, and 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.
- Standardized missing values.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2004-10-08
- 2015-09-18 Six data files were created with docket numbers blanked for Parts 1, 3, and 5, and with docket numbers containing original values for Parts 2, 4, and 6.
- 2012-06-26 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.
- 2005-04-29 Data files for Part 3, Criminal Data, 2002, Part 4, Civil Pending Data, 2002, and a Civil Pending Restricted Data, 2002 file have been added to the data collection along with corresponding SAS and SPSS setup files and codebooks in PDF formats.
- 2005-01-07 A restricted data file for Part 1, Civil Terminations, 2002, has been added to the data collection. The public use data file for Part 1 and its corresponding SAS and SPSS setup files have been updated. The codebook has been modified to reflect these changes.
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