Information for the CSP's national caseload databases comes from published and unpublished sources supplied by state court administrators and appellate court clerks. Published data are typically taken from official state court annual reports and Web sites, so they take many forms and vary greatly in detail. Data from published sources are often supplemented by unpublished data received from the state courts in many formats, including internal management memoranda and computer-generated output. States also report and verify data electronically through spreadsheet templates provided by the Court Statistics Project.
The CSP data collection effort to build a comprehensive statistical profile of the work of state appellate and trial courts nationally is underway throughout the year. Extensive telephone contacts and follow-up correspondence are used to collect missing data, confirm the accuracy of available data, and determine the legal jurisdiction of each court. Information is also collected on the number of judges per court or court system (from annual reports, offices of state court administrators, and appellate court clerks), the state populations (based on United States Bureau of the Census revised estimates), and special characteristics regarding subject matter jurisdiction and court structure.
State appellate and trial court cases in the United
Published annual reports of administrative court
offices and unpublished statistics provided by state administrative
offices of the court and clerks of state appellate courts.