Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2002 (ICPSR 4059)

Published: Sep 18, 2015

Principal Investigator(s):
Federal Judicial Center



Version V3

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.

Federal Judicial Center. Federal Court Cases:  Integrated Data Base, 2002        . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-09-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04059.v3

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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.



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).


All federal court cases in the United States in 2002.

Appellate Terminations Data -- case

Civil Terminations Data -- case

Criminal Data -- defendant

Civil Pending Data -- case

computerized court records, and administrative records

event/transaction data

record abstracts



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.

2004-10-08 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.

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.

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.


  • 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.

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions. Restricted data files are not available for direct download from the website; click on the Restricted Data button to learn more.

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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.