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State Court Organization Trends, United States, 1980-2011

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
Creator
  • National Center for State Courts
  • Conference of State Court Administrators
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2019-04-22
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Publisher
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Language
English
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
appellate courts; court system; judge selection; judges; juries; policies and procedures; state courts; trial courts
Description
  • 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 within the United States for the years 1980, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004, and 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.
  • Methods

    Data for the 1980, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004, and 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 and the District of Columbia. The 2011 SCO collected information from this same set of state court administrators, 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

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1980--2011
  • 1980 / 2011
  • Collection date: 1980--2011
  • 1980 / 2011
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Statewide appellate and trial courts in the 50 states and the District of Columbia Smallest Geographic Unit: State
Sampling
This collection includes State Court Organization (SCO) data from 1980, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004, and 2011 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It does not include information on Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire
  • web-based survey
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 37196 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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 Trends, United States, 1980-2011. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37196.v1