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Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2011

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, event/transaction data
  • Federal Judicial Center
Other Title
  • Version 1 (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 appellate and civil cases: filing and termination. The termination data (archived in this data collection) contain information on both filing and terminations, while the pending data (archived as a separate data collection) contain only filing information on the most recent pending cases. The unit of analysis for the appellate and civil terminations data is the case. This collection also contains data on criminal cases in federal courts. However, the unit of analysis for the criminal data is the defendant, and a defendant can be included in several cases.
  • 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: 2011
  • Collection date: 2011
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All federal court cases in the United States in 2011. Smallest Geographic Unit: county
Collection Mode
  • Starting with the year 2001, each year of data for Federal Court Cases Integrated Data Base is released by ICPSR as a separate study number. Data for the years 1970-2000 can be found in FEDERAL COURT CASES: INTEGRATED DATA BASE, 1970-2000 (ICPSR 8429).

    Starting with year 2008, the appellate pending and civil pending data are archived as a separate data collection.

2015-08-20 The civil data were updated with new data supplied by the principal investigators.2013-01-08 The docket numbers were recoded to 9-fill to protect the confidentiality of individuals involved in the case. 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
  • 33622 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR33622.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.
  • Anderson, James M., Waggoner, Ivan. The Changing Role of Criminal Law in Controlling Corporate Behavior. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. 2014.
    • ID: (URL)
  • 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.
  • 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)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-20 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2015-07-01

Federal Judicial Center (2012): Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2011. Version 1. Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.