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Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2001

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Federal Judicial Center
Other Title
  • Version 4 (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 94 district and 12 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. For the appellate and civil data, the unit of analysis is a single case. The unit of analysis for the criminal data is a single defendant.
  • 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.; 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 with Docket Numbers, PLT and DEF Blanked
    • DS4: Civil Terminations 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: 2001
  • Collection date: 2001
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All federal court cases in the United States in 2001. 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).

    The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

2015-09-24 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 6.2012-06-15 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.2005-01-27 Restricted data files for Part 2, Civil Terminations, 2001, and Part 3, Civil Pending, 2001 have been added to the data collection. The public use data files for Parts 2 and 3 and the corresponding SAS and SPSS setup files have been updated. The codebooks for Parts 2 and 3 have been modified to reflect these changes.2002-06-19 Data for Civil Terminations, 2001 (Part 2), Civil Pending, 2001 (Part 3), Appellate Terminations, 2001 (Part 4), and Appellate Pending, 2001 (Part 5) have been added to this data collection. Corresponding SAS and SPSS setup files and PDF codebooks have also been added. 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
  • 3415 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03415.v3
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  • Cangioni, Carole, Spataro, Sandra. International intellectual property disputes: The impact of national culture on preferences for dispute resolution method. Journal of Business Diversity.14, (1), 35-47.2014.
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  • Fainshmidt, Stav, White, George O., III, Cangioni, Carole. Legal distance, cognitive distance, and conflict resolution in international business intellectual property disputes. Journal of International Management.20, (2), 188-200.2014.
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  • Rice, Douglas. The impact of Supreme Court activity on the judicial agenda. Law and Society Review.48, (1), 63-90.2014.
    • ID: 10.1111/lasr.12056 (DOI)
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  • Goldschmidt, Jona. Patterns and Trends in Federal Pro Se Criminal Case Processing: A Longitudinal Study of Case Outcomes, 1996-2012. Boston, MA. 2013.
  • Jurs, Andrew W., DeVito, Scott. Et tu, plaintiffs? An empirical analysis of Daubert's effect on plaintiffs, and why gatekeeping standards matter (a lot). Arkansas Law Review.66, 975-1145.2013.
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    • ID: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2012.08.001 (DOI)
  • Cangioni, Carole, Spataro, Sandra, Posthuma, Richard. Cross-Cultural Conflicts: The Impact of National Culture on Preferences for Dispute Resolution Method. Society of Business Research Conference.Nashville, TN. 2012.
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  • Rice, Douglas. The Impact of Supreme Court Activity on the Judicial Agenda: Calling to Action or Settling the Law. . 2012.
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  • Somaya, Deepak, McDaniel, Christine A.. Tribunal specialization and institutional targeting in patent enforcement. Organization Science.23, (3), 869-887.2012.
    • ID: 10.1287/orsc.1110.0669 (DOI)
  • 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.
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  • Ulmer, Jeffery T., Eisenstein, James, Johnson, Brian D.. Trial penalties in Federal sentencing: Extra-guidelines factors and District variations. Justice Quarterly.27, (4), 560-592.2011.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418820902998063 (DOI)
  • Fougere, Joshua J.. Paying for prisoner suits: How the source of damages impacts state correctional agencies' behavior . Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems.43, (3), 283-332.2010.
  • Marco, Alan, Sichelman, Ted. Do Economic Downturns Dampen Patent Litigation. 5th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies.New Haven, CT. 2010.
  • Whytock, Christopher A.. Private-public interaction in global governance: The case of transnational commercial arbitration. Business and Politics.12, (3), 2010.
    • ID: 10.2202/1469-3569.1324 (DOI)
  • Wolfson, Shael N.. Market Reaction to the Class Action Fairness Act 2005. Dissertation, University of New Orleans. 2010.
  • Clermont, Kevin M., Schwab, Stewart J.. Employment discrimination plaintiffs in federal court: From bad to worse?. Harvard Law and Policy Review.3, (1), 103-132.2009.
  • Cheng, Edward K.. The myth of the generalist judge. Stanford Law Review.61, 5192008.
  • Terranova, Christopher. Erroneous removal as a tool for silent tort reform: An empirical analysis of fee awards and fraudulent joinder. Willamette Law Review.44, (4), 799-838.2008.
  • Whytock, Christopher A.. The arbitration-litigation relationship in transnational dispute resolution: Empirical insights from the U.S. Federal Courts. World Arbitration and Mediation Review.2, (5), 39-82.2008.
  • Iyengar, Radha. An analysis of the performance of federal indigent defense counsel. NBER Working Paper Series.Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 2007.
  • Leipold, Andrew D., Abbasi, Hossein A.. The impact of joinder and severance on federal criminal cases: An empircal study . Vanderbilt Law Review .59, (2), 349-404.2006.
  • Helland, Eric, Klick, Jonathan, Tabarrok, Alexander. Data watch: Tort-uring the data. Journal of Economic Perspectives.19, (2), 207-220.2005.
  • Leipold, Andrew D.. How the pretrial process contributes to wrongful convictions. American Criminal Law Review.42, (4), 1123-1166.2005.
  • Urban Institute. Federal Criminal Case Processing, 2002: With trends 1982-2002. Federal Justice Statistics: Reconciled Data.NCJ 207447, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2005.
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  • Eisenberg, Theodore. Appeal rates and outcomes in tried and nontried cases: Further exploration of anti-plaintiff appellate outcomes. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.1, (3), 659-688.2004.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2004.00019.x (DOI)
  • Galanter, Marc. The vanishing trial: An examination of trials and related matters in federal and state courts. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.1, (3), 459-570.2004.
  • Graham, Stuart, Somaya, Deepak. Complementary Uses of Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks by Software Firms: Evidence from Litigation . . 2004.
  • Hadfield, Gillian K.. Where have all the trials gone? Settlements, non-trial adjudications and statistical artifacts in the changing disposition of federal civil cases. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.1, (3), 705-734.2004.
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  • Motivans, Mark. Intellectual Property Theft, 2002. NCJ 205800, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2004.
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  • Piehl, Anne M., Schlanger, Margo. Determinants of civil rights filings in federal district court by jail and prison inmates. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.1, (1), 79-109.2004.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2004.00003.x (DOI)
  • Warren, Elizabeth. Vanishing trials: The bankruptcy experience. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.11, (3), 913-942.2004.
  • Schlanger, Margo. Inmate litigation. Harvard Law Review.116, (6), 1555-1706.2003.
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  • Eisenberg, Theodore, Schlanger, Margo. The reliability of the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts database: An initial empirical analysis. Notre Dame Law Review.78, 14552002.

Update Metadata: 2015-09-24 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2015-09-24

Federal Judicial Center (2002): Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base, 2001. Version 4. Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database Series. Version: v4. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.