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.

Access to Justice in Ontario, 1985-1988 (ICPSR 9729)

Principal Investigator(s): Bogart, W.A.; Vidmar, Neil


This data collection, which was designed to assess experiences with the Ontario, Canada, civil justice system, is a replication and extension of a survey conducted by the Civil Litigation Research Project at the University of Wisconsin. Interviews were conducted with the heads of households. Questions were asked about the nature of the problem, e.g., auto accident, work injury, discrimination, problems with landlord, violations of privacy, or victimization. Questions were also asked about actions taken in response to the problem, such as whether a lawyer was contacted, reasons for not contacting a lawyer, whether non-lawyer assistance was sought, whether a claim was made, and reasons for not making a claim. Finally, questions were asked about the household's experience with the Ontario justice system if a claim was made, including whether there was a trial or a hearing, how much the lawyer charged, evaluation of the result, satisfaction with the result, evaluation of the cost, perceived delay, agreement reached, and compensation awarded. Major demographic variables include age, occupation, number of persons in household, language, ethnic background, religion, education, and family income.

Access Notes

  • 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


Bogart, W.A., and Neil Vidmar. Access to Justice in Ontario, 1985-1988. ICPSR09729-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999.

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This study was funded by:

  • Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attorneys, civil rights, discrimination, disposition (legal), justice, lawsuits, privacy, traffic accidents, victim compensation, victimization

Geographic Coverage:    Ontario, Canada, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1985--1988

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988

Universe:    Households with telephones in Ontario, Canada.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) In this hierarchical dataset, each household has a type (0) record and additional records as necessary. There are a total of ten different record types, numbered 0 to 9, for the total sample of 3,019 households. There are 59 variables for the type (0) records, 20 variables for type (1) records, 32 variables for type (2) records, 46 variables for type (3) records, 11 variables for type (4) records, 11 variables for type (5) records, 12 variables for type (6) records, 12 variables for type (7) records, 9 variables for type (8) records, and 8 variables for type (9) records. (2) The codebook for this collection is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Sample:    A probability sample was selected using random-digit dialing. Northern Ontario was oversampled to obtain sufficient respondents to permit comparisons between the major centers of population and the more sparsely populated regions of the province.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-05-12

Version History:

  • 1999-11-19 SAS and SPSS data definition statements and a PDF version of the codebook have been added to this collection.

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