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Criminal Case Processing in Metropolitan Courts, 1976

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • National Center for State Courts
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
case processing; cities; courts; courtroom proceedings; disposition (legal)
  • Abstract

    In 1977 the National Center for State Courts, in cooperation with the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, began a research and demonstration project on the delay in processing criminal cases in major metropolitan courts. The objectives were (1) to determine the scope and extent of the delay in such courts, (2) to identify factors associated with the delay, and (3) to suggest and ultimately test techniques that might work to reduce the delay. The variables include geographic location, disposition type, most serious charge against the defendant, and dates of arrest, trial, disposition, and sentencing.
  • Methods

    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.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1976
  • Collection date: 1977
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Criminal cases disposed of at the general jurisdiction trial court level in United States metropolitan courts in the 1976 fiscal or calendar year.
The survey consists of 21 samples, each of which contains data on 400 to 600 individual criminal cases. These cases were either systematically or randomly selected from the set of cases finally disposed of at the general jurisdiction trial court level in either the 1976 fiscal or calendar year.
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1997-02-13 SAS and SPSS data definition statements are now available for this collection. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7750 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07750.v1
  • Klemm, Margaret F.. A look at case processing time in five cities. Journal of Criminal Justice.140, (1), 9-23.1986.
    • ID: 10.1016/0047-2352(86)90023-1 (DOI)
  • Church, Thomas. Justice delayed: The pace of litigation in urban trial courts. State Court Journal.2, (4), 3-47.1978.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

National Center for State Courts (1984): Criminal Case Processing in Metropolitan Courts, 1976. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.