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Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database, 2007

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, event/transaction data
  • Federal Judicial Center
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
administration; appellate courts; case dismissal; case processing; civil law; court cases; criminal law; defendants; disposition (legal); federal courts; judicial decisions; legal systems; pretrial procedures; records; trial courts; trial procedures
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this data collection is to provide an official public record of the business of the federal courts. The data originate from district and 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.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Appellate Terminations Data with Docket Numbers Blanked
    • DS2: Appellate Terminations Data with Docket Numbers Containing Original Values
    • DS3: Civil Terminations Data with Docket Numbers, PLT and DEF Blanked
    • DS4: Civil Terminations Data with Docket Numbers, PLT and DEF Containing Original Values
    • DS5: Criminal Data with Docket Numbers Blanked
    • DS6: Criminal Data with Docket Numbers Containing Original Values
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2007
  • Collection date: 2007
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All federal court cases in the United States in 2007. Smallest Geographic Unit: county
Collection Mode
  • 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).

2015-08-25 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 6.2013-01-11 2011-11-11 Provided additional information on restricted access procedures.2011-03-08 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.2009-06-23 Appellate terminations and pending data were added.2009-04-03 Criminal data for 2007 was added on March 5, 2009. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 22300 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR22300.v2
  • Eisenberg, Theodore. Four decades of federal civil rights litigation. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.12, (1), 4-28.2015.
    • ID: 10.1111/jels.12063 (DOI)
  • Goldschmidt, Jona, Stemen, Don. Patterns and trends in federal pro se defense, 1996-2011: An exploratory study. The Federal Courts Law Review.8, (3), 82-110.2015.
  • Schlanger, Margo. How prisoners' rights lawyers are preserving the role of the courts. University of Miami Law Review.2015.
  • Schlanger, Margo. Trends in prisoner litigation, as the PLRA enters adulthood. UC Irvine Law Review.2015.
  • Cotropia, Christopher A., Gibson, James. Copyright's topography: An empirical study of copyright litigation. Texas Law Review.92, (7), 1981-2027.2014.
  • Goldschmidt, Jona. Patterns and Trends in Federal Pro Se Criminal Case Processing: A Longitudinal Study of Case Outcomes, 1996-2012. Boston, MA. 2013.
  • Cecil, Joe S., Cort, George W., Williams, Margaret S., Bataillon, Jared J.. Motions to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim After Iqbal. Report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.Washington, DC: Federal Judicial Center. 2011.
  • Hubbard, William H.J.. The Problem of Measuring Legal Change, with Application to Bell Atlantic v. Towmbly. Dissertation, The University of Chicago. 2011.
  • Hubbard, William J.. The Problem of Measuring Legal Change, with Application to Bell Atlantic v. Twombly. John M. Olin Law and Economics Working Paper Series.575, Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago, Law School. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Drahozal, Christopher R., Zyontz, Samantha. Creditor claims in arbitration and in court. Hastings Business Law Journal.7, (1), 77-116.2010.
  • Janicke, Paul M.. Venue transfers from the Eastern District of Texas: Case by case or an endemic problem?. Landslide.16-20.2010.
  • Opderbeck, David W.. Patent damages reform and the shape of patent law. Boston University Law Review.89, (1), 127-187.2009.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-25 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Federal Judicial Center (2008): Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database, 2007. Version 3. Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database Series. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.