National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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.

State Appellate Court Adaptation to Caseload Increase, 1968-1984: [United States] (ICPSR 8262)

Principal Investigator(s): Marvell, Thomas; Moody, Carlisle


This data collection examines the impact of caseload pressures on both intermediate appellate courts and supreme courts for each state in the nation. The data describe in detail the changes made by appellate courts and supply information related to each change. These changes include (1) adding judges, law clerks and staff attorneys, (2) expanding or creating intermediate appellate courts, (3) reducing panel size, (4) using summary procedures, (5) curtailing opinion practices by deciding cases without opinion or unpublished and memo opinions, and (6) curtailing oral argument length.

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Study Description


Marvell, Thomas, and Carlisle Moody. State Appellate Court Adaptation to Caseload Increase, 1968-1984: [United States]. ICPSR08262-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-4046)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    court system, criminal justice system, judicial process

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1968--1984

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984--1985

Universe:    All state appellate courts in the United States.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

These data are organized in a time-series cross-sectional design.


Data Source:

annual reports published by state court administrators' offices, unpublished internal statistical reports, state rules of appellate courts, literature describing appellate court operations, published opinions of case reporters, and multi-state publications containing survey information for more than one state


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

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