Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2001 (ICPSR 3415)

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The purpose of this data collection is to provide an official public record of the business of the federal courts. The data originate from 94 district and 12 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. For the appellate and civil data, the unit of analysis is a single case. The unit of analysis for the criminal data is a single defendant.

Federal Judicial Center. Federal Court Cases:  Integrated Data Base, 2001. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-09-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03415.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.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social 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).

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. 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 on the ICPSR Web site.


All federal court cases in the United States in 2001.

Appellate Data - Case Civil Data - Case Criminal Data - Defendant

computerized court records, and administrative records

event/transaction data


2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Federal Judicial Center. Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2001. ICPSR03415-v4. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-09-24. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03415.v4

2015-09-24 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.

2012-06-15 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.

2005-01-27 Restricted data files for Part 2, Civil Terminations, 2001, and Part 3, Civil Pending, 2001 have been added to the data collection. The public use data files for Parts 2 and 3 and the corresponding SAS and SPSS setup files have been updated. The codebooks for Parts 2 and 3 have been modified to reflect these changes.

2002-06-19 Data for Civil Terminations, 2001 (Part 2), Civil Pending, 2001 (Part 3), Appellate Terminations, 2001 (Part 4), and Appellate Pending, 2001 (Part 5) have been added to this data collection. Corresponding SAS and SPSS setup files and PDF codebooks have also been added.

2002-05-21 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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • 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.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. Please see version history for more details.
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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.