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State Court Organization, United States, 2011

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
  • National Center for State Courts
  • Conference of State Court Administrators
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
appellate courts; caseloads; court system; information technology; judge selection; judges; juries; policies and procedures; state courts; trial courts
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides detailed comparative information about the structure, policies, and procedures of state-wide trial and appellate court systems for the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the United States for 2011. Information gathered includes: the number of courts and judges, judicial selection, governance of court systems (including judicial funding, administration, staffing, and procedures), jury qualifications and verdict rules, and processing and sentencing procedures of criminal cases. Data collection was carried out by the National Center for State Courts. These data are part of a related collection from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands in the United States for the years 1980, 1987, 1993, 1998, and 2004. In 2011, State Court Organization added new variables to the data collection process. The State Court Organization 2011 file contains the historical variables for 2011, as well as the new variables that were introduced in the 2004 collection. The new variables included data about the courts' information technology systems, including the functions of the court's IT staff, e-filing procedures, accessibility of court information through online systems, and the implementation of case management systems as a means of organizing and managing a court's caseload. The data are reported for trial and appellate courts. The SCO Trial Court Level Data 2011 file includes a subset of the State Court Organization 2011 file, but only for trial level courts. Some variables in the State Court Organization 2011 file were recoded in the Trial Court Level Data 2011 file.
  • Methods

    Data for the 2011 State Court Organization (SCO) reports were collected by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) with funding provided by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Data collections prior to 2011 were mail surveys to state court administrators in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories. The 2011 SCO collected information only from this same set of state court administrators plus the District of Columbia, but the 2011 collection was primarily web-based with paper surveys made available for respondents that preferred or needed a traditional response mode. A survey aimed at state court administrators was designed to collect information on court organization, administration, and operation. Separate surveys designed to collect descriptive information (e.g., budget and staffing) were sent to appellate courts and trial courts. While respondents provided most of the information to complete the survey, staff at NCSC also compiled information on specific laws, legal procedures, and legal practices that applied statewide.
  • 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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: State Court Organization 2011
    • DS2: State Court Organization (SCO) Trial Court Level Data 2011
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2011
  • Collection date: 2011-06-17
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Statewide appellate and trial courts in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Smallest Geographic Unit: State
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire
  • web-based survey
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 37195 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR37195.v1

Update Metadata: 2019-04-22 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-04-22

National Center for State Courts; Conference of State Court Administrators (2019): State Court Organization, United States, 2011. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.