Inquiry Form for Completed trials
limited to cases fully tried.
Inquiry Form for All cases
limited to cases from one year at a time, from fiscal 1987 onward.
database includes approximately 5 million federal district-court civil
cases terminated over the last 22 fiscal years.
The data were gathered by the Administrative Office of the United
States Courts, assembled by the Federal Judicial Center, and disseminated
by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.
This database is available to performing certain statistical analyses.
any civil case terminates in federal district court, the court clerk
transmits a form to the Administrative Office containing information
about the case. The form includes data regarding the subject matter
category (such as branches of tort, contract, civil rights, and other
areas of law), the jurisdictional basis, the amount demanded, the
case's origin in the district as original or removed or transferred,
the dates of filing and termination in the district, the procedural
stage of the case at termination (including whether it was tried by
judge or jury), the procedural method of disposition, and, when a
judgment was entered, who prevailed and any amount awarded in damages
or other relief. (To get further information that should help in defining
the critical terms, you can click on the highlighted terms or go to
the 210KB ICPSR civil codebook.) We have used the database in several
District-Court Criminal Cases
Bankruptcy Reorganization Cases (Chapter 11) Statistical
page uses data from an abbreviated version of Lynn M. LoPucki's Bankruptcy
Research Database. It contains data on all cases filed in the Bankruptcy
Courts of the United States from January 1, 1980 through December 31,
1997, in which the debtor was a publicly held company and had more than
$100 million in assets, measured in 1980 dollars. Each of the terms
employed on this page were carefully defined in the data collection
process so that data would be comparable from one case to another.