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Civil Justice Survey of State Courts, 2001

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Civil Justice Survey of State Courts: [United States] Series
Publication Date
2004-05-28
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Language
English
Free Keywords
case processing; civil courts; civil law; court cases; court system; disposition (legal); lawsuits; state courts
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection examined general civil cases (torts, contracts, and real property) disposed of by bench or jury trial in the nation's 75 most populous counties in 2001. Information reported includes the type of case, types of plaintiffs and defendants, trial winners, amount of total damages awarded, amount of punitive damages awarded, and case processing time. This is the third in a series of data collections begun in 1992: CIVIL JUSTICE SURVEY OF STATE COURTS, 1992 (ICPSR 6587), and CIVIL JUSTICE SURVEY OF STATE COURTS, 1996 (ICPSR 2883).
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main Data
    • DS2: FPC Factor for Wesvar PC Variance Estimation Program
    • DS3: JKN Factor for Wesvar PC Variance Estimation Program
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2001
  • Collection date: 2002
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Tort, contract, and real property cases in the 75 most populous counties in the United States.
Sampling
A two-stage stratified sample was drawn, with 46 of the 75 most populous counties selected at the first stage. The top 75 counties account for about 37 percent of the United States population and about half of all civil filings. The sample consisted of tort, contract, and real property rights cases disposed by trial between January and December 2001. For each sampled case, a standard coding form was manually completed by court staff on-site to record information about litigants, case type, processing time, and award amounts.
Collection Mode
  • Replicate Weights: The data set contains 100 replicate weight variables (REPWT1 to REPWT100) appropriate for calculating sampling errors using the Wesvar PC variance estimation program, plus two variables, VARSTRAT and VARUNIT, that were developed as part of the processing for creating the replicate weights. The replicate weights were created by the jackknife method and the user must specify the JKN variance estimation procedure when using Wesvar PC. Note on the JKN and FPC factors required for JKN variance estimation: In order for the JKN procedure to work correctly, it is necessary to attach two files of factors to the Wesvar file. These are the FPC and JKN factors. Both files are included under this study, named da3957.p2 and da3957.p3. Users should download both files, change the file name of da3957.p2 to fpc.txt and da3957.p3 to jknfact.dat, and attach both files to the Wesvar data file. In addition, the degrees of freedom should be set at 81 in Wesvar (100 replicate weights -- 19 varstrat units) in order to calculate the correct confidence intervals.

Note
2011-11-03 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.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.2004-06-17 The formats for variables COMFILYR, ANSYR, JURSELYR, TRIYR, DELBEGYR, VERDYR, PLNOTYR, and DFNOTYR were changed to F4.0 so that their values would be 4-digit years. Corresponding changes were made to the SAS and SPSS data definition statements and the codebook. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Availability
Delivery
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
  • 3957 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03957.v2
Publications
  • Eisenberg, Theodore, Heise, Michael. Plaintiphobia in state courts redux? An empirical study of state court trials on appeal. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.12, (1), 100-127.2015.
    • ID: 10.1111/jels.12066 (DOI)
  • Eisenberg, Theodore. The empirical effects of tort reform. Research Handbook on the Economics of Torts.Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2013.
  • McMichael, Benjamin J.. Constitutional limitations on punitive damages: Ambiguous effects and inconsistent justifications. Vanderbilt Law Review.66, (3), 961-1013.2013.
  • Best, Eli K., Donohue, John J., III. Jury Nullification in Modified Comparative Negligence Regimes. Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1874466.Stanford, CA: . 2012.
  • Best, Eli K., Donohue, John J., III. Jury nullification in modified comparative negligence regimes. University of Chicago Law Review.79, (3), 945-984.2012.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23317728 (URL)
  • Cohen, Thomas H.. Civil trial delay in state courts: The effect of case and litigant level characteristics. Judicature.95, (4), 158-170.2012.
  • Lim, Claire S. H.. Media influence on courts: Evidence from civil case adjudication. . 2012.
    • ID: http://www.economics.cornell.edu/csl228/civilpaper.pdf (URL)
  • Wentland, Scott. Political beliefs and tort awards: Evidence of rationally political jurors from two data sets. Review of Law and Economics.8, (3), 619-656.2012.
    • ID: 10.1515/1555-5879.1514 (DOI)
  • Eisenberg, Theodore, Heise, Michael. Judge-jury difference in punitive damages awards: Who listens to the Supreme Court?. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.8, (2), 325-357.2011.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2011.01211.x (DOI)
  • Kohler-Hausmann, Issa. Community characteristics and tort law: The importance of county demographic composition and inequality to tort trial outcomes. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.8, (2), 413-447.2011.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2011.01214.x (DOI)
  • Eisenberg, Theodore. The need for a national civil justice survey of incidence and claiming behavior. Fordham Urban Law Journal.37, (1), 17-36.2010.
  • Eisenberg, Theodore, Heise, Michael, Waters, Nicole, Wells, Martin T.. The decision to award punitive damages: An empirical study. Journal of Legal Analysis.2, (2), 577-620.2010.
    • ID: 10.1093/jla/2.2.577 (DOI)
  • Eisenberg, Theodore, Heise, Michael, Wells, Martin T.. Variability in punitive damages: Empirically assessing Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.166, (1), 5-26.2010.
    • ID: 10.1628/093245610790711555 (DOI)
  • Heise, Michael. Why ADR programs aren't more appealing: An empirical perspective. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.7, (1), 64-96.2010.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2009.01170.x (DOI)
  • Hersch, Joni, Viscusi, W. Kip. Punitive damages by numbers: Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker. Supreme Court Economic Review.18, (1), 259-280.2010.
    • ID: 10.1086/659989 (DOI)
  • Eisenberg, Theodore, Heise, Michael. Plaintiphobia in state courts? An empirical study of state court trials on appeal. Journal of Legal Studies.38, (1), 121-155.2009.
    • ID: 10.1086/529150 (DOI)
  • King, Kerry A., Nesbit, Todd M.. The empirical estimation of the cost-minimizing jury size and voting rule in civil trials. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.71, (2), 463-472.2009.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.02.015 (DOI)
  • Moog, Robert. Piercing the veil of statewide data: The case of vanishing trials in North Carolina. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.6, (1), 147-176.2009.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2009.01140.x (DOI)
  • Wentland, Scott A.. An Economic Analysis of Political Beliefs in Tort and Criminal Law. Dissertation, George Mason University. 2009.
  • Cohen, Thomas H.. General civil jury trial litigation in state and federal courts: A statistical portrait. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.5, (3), 593-617.2008.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2008.00134.x (DOI)
  • Cohen, Thomas H.. Do Federal and State Courts Differ in How They Handle Civil Trial Litigation: A Portrait of Civil Trials in State and Federal District Courts. 2nd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper, . 2006.
  • Eisenberg, Theodore. Use it or pretenders will abuse it: The importance of archival legal information. UMKC Law Review.75, (1), 1-24.2006.
  • Eisenberg, Theodore, Hannaford-Agor, Paula L., Heise, Michael, LaFountain, Neil, Munsterman, G. Thomas, Ostrom, Brian, Wells, Martin T.. Juries, judges, and punitive damages: Empirical analyses using the Civil Justice Survey of State Courts 1992, 1996, and 2001 data. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.3, (2), 263-295.2006.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2006.00070.x (DOI)
  • Schlanger, Margo. What we know and what we should know about American trial trends. Journal of Dispute Resolution.352006.
  • Waters, Nicole L., Sweikar, Michael. Efficient and Successful ADR in Appellate Courts: What Matters Most?. Austin, TX. 2006.
    • ID: 10.2139/ssrn.913320 (DOI)
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics. Punitive Damage Awards in Large Counties, 2001. NCJ 208445, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2005.
    • ID: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/pdalc01.pdf (URL)
  • Cohen, Thomas H.. Contract Trials and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001. Selected Findings.NCJ 207388, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2005.
    • ID: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ctvlc01.pdf (URL)
  • Helland, Eric, Klick, Jonathan, Tabarrok, Alexander. Data watch: Tort-uring the data. Journal of Economic Perspectives.19, (2), 207-220.2005.
  • Sharkey, Catherine M.. Unintended consequences of medical malpractice damages caps. New York University Law Review.80, 391-512.2005.
  • Cohen, Thomas H.. Medical Malpractice Trials and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001. Civil Justice Survey of State Courts, 2001.NCJ 203098, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. 2004.
    • ID: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/mmtvlc01.pdf (URL)
  • Cohen, Thomas H.. Tort Trials and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001. Bulletin.NCJ 206240, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2004.
    • ID: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ttvlc01.pdf (URL)
  • Cohen, Thomas H., Smith, Steven K.. Civil Trial Cases and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001. Bulletin.NCJ 202803, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. 2004.
    • ID: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/ctcvlc01.pdf (URL)
  • Cohen, Thomas H., Smith, Steven K.. Research note: Examining civil trial litigation in state courts. Justice Research and Policy.6, (2), 79-98.2004.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2004): Civil Justice Survey of State Courts, 2001. Version 1. Civil Justice Survey of State Courts: [United States] Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03957.v1