Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base Appellate and Civil Pending Data, 2014 (ICPSR 29281)

Published: Dec 16, 2015

Principal Investigator(s):
Federal Judicial Center



Version V4

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 appellate and civil cases: filing and termination. The termination data (archived as separate data collections each year) contain information on both filing and terminations, while the pending data (archived as this data collection and updated annually) contain only filing information on the most recent pending cases. The unit of analysis for the appellate and civil pending data is the case.

Federal Judicial Center. Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base Appellate and Civil Pending Data, 2014. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-12-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR29281.v4

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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 Integrated Data Base is released by ICPSR as a separate study number. Data for the years 1970-2000 can be found in FEDERAL COURT CASES: INTEGRATED DATA BASE, 1970-2000 (ICPSR 8429).

Starting with year 2008, the appellate pending and civil pending data are archived as a separate data collection.


All federal pending court cases in the United States in 2014.

Appellate pending data -- case.

Civil pending data with PLT and DEF -- case.

Civil pending data without PLT and DEF -- case.

administrative records

computerized court records

administrative records data

event/transaction data



2015-12-16 The collection is updated to reflect 2014 pending data.

2014-03-18 The collection is updated to reflect 2012 pending data.

2013-02-12 The collection was updated to reflect 2011 pending data.

2012-01-12 2012-01-11 The data collection was revised to include appellate and civil cases pending as of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. Previous data was replaced with these data.

2010-12-13 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.