Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: GA-019-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1989

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: Survey of tort litigants in three state courts, 1989-1990.  [machine-readable data file] / Lind, Allan E.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9699

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Codebook is machine-readable only.

Abstract: This survey examines the experiences of tort litigants in three state courts: (1) Bucks County, Pennsylvania, (2) Prince George's County, Maryland, and (3) Fairfax County, Virginia. The survey was administered using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. The most critical aspect of the CATI skip logic is that respondents were interviewed using different modules depending on their role in the dispute (plaintiff vs. defendant), the state/county, and the mode of resolution of their lawsuit. Questions were asked about the nature of the dispute, the plaintiff's financial losses, the defendant's report of damages claimed, events leading up to the lawsuit and finding a lawyer, arbitration cases, settlement conference cases, trial cases, bilateral settlement cases, costs of the lawsuit, social background, and overall evaluation of the experience.

SOURCE: personal interviews

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation (text).

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: Card Image (Part 2) and LRECL (Part 3)

TIME PERIOD: 1989-1990


FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation's Law and Social Science Program.



Lind, Allan E., et al. ''The Perception of Justice: Tort Litigants' Views of Trials, Court-Annexed Arbitration, and Judicial Settlement Conferences.'' Santa Monica, CA: The RAND Corporation, 1989. Lind, Allan E., et al. ''In the Eye of the Beholder: Tort Litigants' Evaluations of Their Experiences in the Civil Justice System.'' LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW 24 (1990), 953-996.

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