Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2008 (ICPSR 25002)

Published: Aug 24, 2015

Principal Investigator(s):
Federal Judicial Center



Version V6

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, 2008. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR25002.v6

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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 2008.

Criminal data -- defendant

Appellate terminations data -- case

Civil terminations data -- case

administrative records

computerized court records

administrative records data

event/transaction data



2015-08-24 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.

2012-11-28 The docket numbers were recoded to 9-fill to protect the confidentiality of individuals involved in the case.

2011-11-11 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.

2010-11-04 Appellate terminations data were added. The civil terminations and criminal data were updated. The pending data were moved to their own data collection.

2009-06-29 Civil terminations and pending data were added.

2009-04-03 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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • 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.