United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Civil Justice Survey of State Courts, 1992. ICPSR06587-v5. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-11-02. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06587.v5
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06587.v5
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Date of Collection:
Forty-five jurisdictions chosen to represent the 75 most
populous counties in the nation.
Data Collection Notes:
This data collection contains replicate weight
variables appropriate for calculating sampling errors using the Wesvar
PC variance estimation program, plus two variables, VARSTRAT and
VARUNIT, that were developed as part of the processing for creating
the replicate weights. The replicate weights were created by the
jackknife method and the user must specify the JKN variance estimation
procedure when using Wesvar PC. The JKN variance estimation procedure
will not work correctly unless two files of factors are attached to
each Wesvar file. Two sets of factor files are included in the study.
To work with the Wesvar data file for Part 1 (Tort, Contract, and Real
Property Rights Data), users should download da6587.p3 and da6587.p4,
change the file names to fpcp1.txt and jknfp1.txt, and attach both
files to the Wesvar data file. Similarly, to work with the Wesvar data
file for Part 2 (Civil Jury Cases Data), users should download
da6587.p5 and da6587.p6, change the file names to fpcp2.txt and
jknfp2.txt, and attach both files to the Wesvar data file. In
addition, the degrees of freedom should be set at 77 in Wesvar (119
replicate weights, 42 varstrat units) for Part 1 and at 24 (42
replicate weights, 18 varstrat units) for Part 2 in order to calculate
the correct confidence intervals.
The sample for this study was designed and selected by the
United States Bureau of the Census. It was a two-stage stratified
sample with 45 of the 75 most populous counties selected at the first
stage. The top 75 counties account for about 37 percent of the United
States population and about half of all civil filings. The 75 counties
were divided into four strata based on aggregate civil disposition
data for 1990 obtained through telephone interviews with court staffs
in the general jurisdiction trial courts. The sample consisted of
tort, contract, and real property rights cases disposed between July
1, 1991, and June 30, 1992.
standard coding forms completed by court staff
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.