Federal District Court Civil Decisions, 1981-1987: Detroit, Houston, and Kansas City (ICPSR 9367)

Principal Investigator(s): Rowland, C.K.


These data describe unpublished civil cases filed and terminated in the three federal district courts of Detroit, Michigan, Houston, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri, between 1981 and 1987. The data were collected to enable researchers to measure the relative influence of local legal environments and politicized judicial appointments on unpublished substantive and procedural outcomes. Variables in the collection specify the date a case was filed and terminated, type of case filed, specific judgment and nature of the decision, whether a monetary award was granted and, if so, the amount involved. Information also is included on whether a government litigant was involved, if a jury trial was requested and by whom, type of attorney for plaintiff and defendant, type and number of motions filed (and by whom), and outcome of appeal, if applicable.

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


Rowland, C.K. Federal District Court Civil Decisions, 1981-1987: Detroit, Houston, and Kansas City. ICPSR09367-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09367.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09367.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-8711857)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    case processing, courts, district courts, federal courts, judicial decisions, judicial process

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Houston, Kansas City (Missouri), Michigan, Missouri, Texas, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-01--1987-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987-07--1988-08

Universe:    Civil federal district court cases filed and terminated in Houston, Detroit, and Kansas City, between 1981 and 1987.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data


Data Source:

federal district court docket sheets


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-12-04

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