State Court Organizations, 2004 [United States] (ICPSR 4575)

Principal Investigator(s): National Center for State Courts; Conference of State Court Administrators


This data collection provides detailed comparative information about the structure, policies, and procedures of state-wide trial and appellate court systems for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in the United States as of June 31, 2004. Information gathered includes: the number of courts and judges, judicial selection, governance of court systems (including judicial funding, administration, staffing, and procedures), jury qualifications and verdict rules, and processing and sentencing procedures of criminal cases. Data collection was carried out by the National Center for State Courts.

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  • The 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.


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Study Description


National Center for State Courts, and Conference of State Court Administrators. State Court Organizations, 2004 [United States]. ICPSR04575-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-10-30.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2003-BJ-CX-K003)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    appellate courts, court system, judge selection, judges, juries, policies and procedures, state courts, trial courts

Smallest Geographic Unit:    state

Geographic Coverage:    District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004--2005

Unit of Observation:    organization

Universe:    Statewide appellate and trial courts in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and administrative records data


Mode of Data Collection:    self-enumerated questionnaires

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-10-30

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