Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: GA-014-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1970

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: Federal court cases: integrated data base, 1970-2000.  [machine-readable data file] / Federal Judicial Center  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8429

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook and machine-readable.

Abstract: The purpose of this data collection was to provide an official public record of the business of the federal courts. The data originate from 100 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.

SOURCE: computerized court records, and administrative records

UNIVERSE: All federal court cases, 1970-1991.

NOTE: For the appellate data, the unit of analysis is a single case. The unit of analysis for the criminal data is a single defendant. Several, but not all, of these record counts include a final blank record. The researcher may want to detect this occurrence and eliminate this record before analysis. In July 1984, a major change in the recording and disposition of an appeal occurred, and several data fields dealing with disposition were restructured or replaced. The new structure more clearly delineates mutually exclusive dispositions. The researcher must exercise care in using these fields for comparisons. Checks for undocumented codes were performed for Parts 15-28 and 34-56. Also, Parts 1-14, 29-33, and 58-75 have hardcopy documentation only.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 74 data files + machine-readable documentation (text) + OSIRIS dictionaries + SPSS Control Cards + data collection instrument.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL, and OSIRIS with SPSS Control Cards (Parts 15-28 and 34-56)

TIME PERIOD: 1970-1991

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1984, 1990, and 1992

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: MDATA/ NONNUM/ UNDOCCHK.ICPSR

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct