Attributes of U.S. Federal Judges Database provides systematic information on the personal, social, economic, career and political attributes of judges who served on the US Courts of Appeals over the period 1801-2000 (with partial coverage extended to 2004).
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collects, analyzes, publishes and disseminates data on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collects documents and information from civil rights cases in specific categories (e.g. equal employment, prison conditions, immigration). Temporal coverage begins in 1960.
The Court of Justice of the European Union Annual Report provides statistical information concerning the judicial activity of the Court of Justice, the General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal.
The Death Penalty Information Center offers the Executions in the US 1608-2002 dataset which includes the name, age and race of executed individuals as well as the date and method of execution. One may also use its Searchable Execution Database to search 1976-2015 and create a .csv file of the results.
The European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics, prepared by the European Sourcebook Project, reports on criminal justice data for 40 European countries.
The Eurostat crime and criminal justice dataset provides variables for European Union member-states, candidate countries and other selected countries.
The FBI’s FBI Criminal Justice Information Services serves as the central repository for criminal justice information services in the FBI. Programs consolidated under the CJIS Division include the National Crime Information Center, Uniform Crime Reporting, and Fingerprint Identification.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports provides uniform crime statistics for the United States. Several annual statistical publications, such as Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, are produced from data provided by U.S. law enforcement agencies. The FBI’s primary objective is to generate a reliable set of crime statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management.
The Federal Judicial Center hosts the Integrated Database (IDB) containing data back to 1970 on civil case and criminal defendant filings and terminations in the district courts, along with bankruptcy court and appellate court case information. Data may be download in a tab-delimited text file or viewed online in an interactive view to create subsets of civil cases based on federal circuit, district, nature of suit, disposition, origin, jurisdiction, class action designation, filing date, termination date, and docket number.
The Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base 1970-2000 in ICPSR contains information on all federal court cases over the period 1970-2000. Data files from 2001 onward are available in individual sets under the series Federal Court Cases: Integrated Database Series
The Federal Judges Biographical Database is a component of the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges produced by the Federal Judicial Center as part of its History of the Federal Judiciary. The Biographical Directory of Federal Judges provides information about all judges who have served since 1789 on the U.S. District Courts, Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court, and the former Circuit Courts. The Federal Judges Biographical Database allows users to create customized lists of judges based on multiple categories, including nominating president, type of court, dates of service, and demographic groups.
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts compiles statistics on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. Statistical publications include the Annual Report of the Director, Bankruptcy Statistics, Judicial Business of the United States Courts, Federal Judicial Caseload Statistics and Federal Court Management Statistics.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP) provides comprehensive and detailed information on the federal justice system’s processing of criminal cases. The FJSP provides annual data on workload, activities, and outcomes associated with federal criminal cases.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission collects, analyzes, researches and distributes a broad array of data and statistics on federal crime and sentencing issues in its Interactive Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics. The USSC is responsible for collecting and publishing data obtained from studies, research, and the empirical experience of public and private agencies concerning the sentencing process; collecting and disseminating information concerning sentences actually imposed, and the relationship of such sentences to the statutory purposes of sentencing; and collecting and disseminating information regarding the effectiveness of sentences imposed.
Hall of Justice
A project of the Sunlight Foundation, Hall of Justice is a searchable inventory of almost 10,000 publicly available criminal justice datasets and research documents from the states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the federal government.
International Courts Data provides a portal to information on a variety of international courts (e.g. European Court of Human Rights, International Court of Justice, WTO disputes, etc.)
Justice Research & Statistics Association (JRSA) is a national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors, researchers, and practitioners throughout government, academia, and criminal justice organizations. JRSA conducts multistate research on statewide and system-wide problems such as domestic violence data collection and convenience store crime, and practices such as community policing.
Lexis Advance Verdict and Settlement Analyzer
Lexis Advance Verdict and Settlement Analyzer searches verdicts and settlements back to 1990 and may be searched or filtered by jurisdiction, practice areas and topics, case resolution, award amount and injury, The system offers graphic “at a glance” views such as number of cases per year per resolution, number of cases per year generally, award in US dollars by resolution and percentage of cases by resolution. “Explore graphs” allows users to click on sections of the graphic for further inquiry. (LexisAdvance account required.)
The Wendy L. Martinek Lower Federal Court Confirmation Database (1977-2004) provides information on nominations to Article III district and circuit courts.
The Martin-Quinn ideological position scores for U.S. Supreme Court Justices over the period October 1937-2014 terms. The database provides justice- and court-specific estimates of ideology and other quantities of interest.
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) preserves and distributes computerized crime and justice data from Federal agencies, state agencies, and investigator initiated research projects to users for secondary statistical analysis. Founded in 1978 as part of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the NACJD is supported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the U.S. Department of Justice.
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of the more than 185,000 criminal justice publications housed in the NCJRS Library collection. Most documents published by NCJRS sponsoring agencies since 1995 are available in full-text online. A link is included with the abstract when the full-text is available. Use the Thesaurus Term Search to search for materials in the NCJRS Abstracts Database using an NCJRS controlled vocabulary. This controlled vocabulary is used to assign relevant indexing terms to the documents in the NCJRS collection. Note: As of October 1, 2014 the NCJRS Virtual Library ceased the collection of non-OJP produced and/or sponsored resources.
The National High Courts Database provides information on decisions produced by eleven of the top courts of the following countries: Australia (1969-2003); Canada (1969-2003); India (1970-2000); Namibia (1990-1998); Philippines (1970-2003); South Africa (Supreme Court of Appeal 1970-2000 and Constitutional Court 1995-2000); Tanzania (1983-1998); United States (1953-2005); Zambia (1973-1997); and Zimbabwe (1989-2000).
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels.
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. The data are displayed in over 600 tables, organized into six topical sections: Criminal justice characteristics; Public opinion; Crime, victims; Arrests, seizures; Courts, prosecution, sentencing; and Parole, jails, prisons, death penalty. We also have the print edition back to 1973.
The State Supreme Court Data Project contains data on decisions in all State Supreme Courts over the period 1995-1998.
The Supreme Court Compendium, by Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, and Thomas G. Walker, provides historical and statistical information on the U.S. Supreme Court, including its history, development as an institution, the justices’ backgrounds, nominations, and confirmations, and the Court’s relationship with the public and other governmental and judicial bodies. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.) Previous editions are in our print collection back to 1994.
The Supreme Court Database, created by Professor Harold Spaeth, Michigan State University and hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1794 and 2014 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University. TRAC’s purpose is to provide with comprehensive information about federal staffing, spending, and the enforcement activities of the federal government. TRACfed provides a wide range of information about federal enforcement activities as well as detailed information about federal staffing, federal funds, and the diverse characteristics of counties, federal districts, and states. TRACfed data is organized into several modules including: Criminal Enforcement, Civil Enforcement, Administrative Enforcement, People & staffing, Money (Federal Funds), and Community Context. Creating and saving data to a “web locker” permits creation of data slices. Users may also get information about particular statutes with its About the Law tool. Access is controlled by HLS IP-address and is limited to the Harvard Law School community. Off-campus access is controlled by HLS Me Account username and password.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provides a portal to all UNODC statistics, surveys and publications on global crime and criminal justice. The World Drug Report publishes information on global illicit drug trends. Data available since 1997, while increased analytical content begins in 2004. Illicit Crop Monitoring reports offer data on narcotics production for select countries since 2002.
The U.S. Appeals Courts Database provides a dataset of randomly selected cases over the period 1925-2010.
Westlaw Case Evaluator
Westlaw’s Case Evaluator compiles verdict trends, excerpts from verdicts and court documents, and medical and expert information into a single custom report. One can search on case type, jurisdiction, injury, damages, company, industry and key terms.
The Westlaw Jury Verdicts, Settlements & Judgments database directory provides access to a variety of sources for information on selected verdicts and settlements. The information provided may include the case name, a summary of the case, the result, the judge, counsel and expert witnesses. (Westlaw account required.)
What’s It Worth? provides summary coverage of personal injury damage awards for various jurisdictions in the U.S. since 1996. What’s It Worth? is divided according to the type of injury and then by: whether the award was deemed adequate, inadequate or excessive on appeal; the location of the court making the award/approving the settlement; and whether the award was obtained through settlement or jury verdict. What’s It Worth? is also available in print back to 1985. (LexisAdvance account required.)