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Survey of Tort Litigants in Three State Courts, 1989-1990: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Lind, Allan E.
  • Hensler, Deborah R.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program
Free Keywords
arbitration; courts; lawsuits
  • Abstract

    This survey examines the experiences of tort litigants in three state courts: (1) Bucks County, Pennsylvania, (2) Prince George's County, Maryland, and (3) Fairfax County, Virginia. The survey was administered using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. The most critical aspect of the CATI skip logic is that respondents were interviewed using different modules depending on their role in the dispute (plaintiff vs. defendant), the state/county, and the mode of resolution of their lawsuit. Questions were asked about the nature of the dispute, the plaintiff's financial losses, the defendant's report of damages claimed, events leading up to the lawsuit and finding a lawyer, arbitration cases, settlement conference cases, trial cases, bilateral settlement cases, costs of the lawsuit, social background, and overall evaluation of the experience.
  • 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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Variable List for Litigant Survey
    • DS2: Litigant Survey CATI Items
    • DS4: Codebook for All Parts
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989 / 1990
    Time period: 1989--1990
  • 1989 / 1990
    Collection date: 1989--1990
Geographic Coverage
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States
  • Virginia
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9699 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Schlanger, Margo. What we know and what we should know about American trial trends. Journal of Dispute Resolution.352006.
  • Lind, E. Allan, MacCoun, Robert J., Ebener, Patricia A., Felsteiner, William L.F., Hensler, Deborah R., Resnik, Judith, Tyler, Tom R.. In the eye of the beholder: Tort litigants' evaluations of their experiences in the civil justice system. Law and Society Review.24, (4), 953-996.1990.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Lind, E. Allan, et al. The Perception of Justice: Tort Litigants' Views of Trials, Court-Annexed Arbitration, and Judicial Settlement Conferences. Santa Monica, CA: Rand. 1989.

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

Lind, Allan E.; Hensler, Deborah R. (1992): Survey of Tort Litigants in Three State Courts, 1989-1990: [United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.