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Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base Appellate and Civil Pending Data, 2012 (ICPSR 29281)

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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 appellate and civil cases: filing and termination. The termination data (archived as separate data collections each year) contain information on both filing and terminations, while the pending data (archived as this data collection and updated annually) contain only filing information on the most recent pending cases. The unit of analysis for the appellate and civil pending data is the case.

Series: Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database Series

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the data. A login is required to apply for access.

    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.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Appellate Pending Data, 2012
No downloadable data files available.
DS2:  Civil Pending Data, 2012 -- With PLT and DEF Blanked
No downloadable data files available.
DS3:  Civil Pending Data, 2012 -- With PLT and DEF Containing Original Values
No downloadable data files available.

Study Description


Federal Judicial Center. Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base Appellate and Civil Pending Data, 2012. ICPSR29281-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-03-18.

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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, 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

Time Period:  

  • 2012

Date of Collection:  

  • 2012

Unit of Observation:   Appellate pending data -- case., Civil pending data without PLT and DEF -- case., Civil pending data with PLT and DEF -- case.

Universe:   All federal pending court cases in the United States in 2012.

Data Types:   administrative records data, event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

Starting with the year 2001, each year of data for Federal Court Cases Integrated Data Base is released by ICPSR as a separate study number. Data for the years 1970-2000 can be found in FEDERAL COURT CASES: INTEGRATED DATA BASE, 1970-2000 (ICPSR 8429).

Starting with year 2008, the appellate pending and civil pending data are archived as a separate data collection.


Time Method:   Cross-sectional

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:

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


Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2014-03-18 The collection is updated to reflect 2012 pending data.
  • 2013-02-12 The collection was updated to reflect 2011 pending data.
  • 2012-01-12 2012-01-11 The data collection was revised to include appellate and civil cases pending as of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. Previous data was replaced with these data.

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