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Data Collection: Census of State Court Organization
Status: Active
Frequency: 1980, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004, and 2011
Latest data available: 2011

This collection serves as the primary source for detailed information on the structure and framework of state courts. The series collects information on the overall number of courts and judges in the nation's state courts; the selection and service requirements of judges; the governance, funding and administration of the judicial branch; the jurisdiction, staffing, and procedures associated with the nation's appellate courts; the administration, procedures, and specialized jurisdiction of state trial courts; the composition and workings of state juries; the sentencing context; and the overall structure of appellate and trial courts in each state. These data were last collected by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in 2011.

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Data Experts

  • Neil LaFountain, Senior Court Research Analyst, NCSC
  • David Rottman, Principal Court Research Consultant, NCSC
  • Richard Schauffler, Director of Research, NCSC
  • Shauna M. Strickland, Senior Court Research Analyst, NCSC
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    Collection Period

    1980, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004, and 2011

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    Documentation

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    Methodology

    The State Court Organization or SCO data collection series serves as the primary source for detailed information on the structure and framework of state trial and appellate courts. SCO obtains organizational, operational, governance, staffing, and budgetary information for the trial and appellate courts of the nation's 56 court systems located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.

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    Publications & Products

    The following publications and products were generated by BJS using data from this collection.

    State Court Organization, 2011 Presents 2011 data on the organization and operations of state trial and appellate courts and examines trends from 1980 through 2011.
      PDF (1.8M) | ASCII file (23K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 45K)
    Part of the State Court Organization Series

    State Court Organization, 1987-2004 Presents trend data from State Court Organization data collections covering the years 1987-2004.
      PDF (363K) | ASCII file (27K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 14K) | To order paper version
    Part of the State Court Organization Series

    State Court Organization, 2004 Presents detailed comparative data by State trial and appellate courts in the United States.
      PDF (5M) | ASCII file (34K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 60K) | To order paper version
    Part of the State Court Organization Series

    State Court Organization 1998 Presents detailed comparative data about State trial and appellate courts in the United States.
      Full Report (PDF 1.5M) | Full Report (ASCII file 98K) | Courts and Judges (PDF 78K) | Courts and Judges - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 3M) | Judicial Selection and Service (PDF 272K) | Judicial Selection and Service - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 17M) | The Judicial Branch: Governance, Funding, and Administration (PDF 422K) | The Judicial Branch: Governance, Funding, and Administration - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 30M) | Appellate Courts: Jurisdiction, Staffing, and Procedures (PDF 147K) | Appellate Courts: Jurisdiction, Staffing, and Procedures - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 27M) | Trial Courts: Administration, Procedures, Specialized Jurisdiction (PDF 309K) | Trial Courts: Administration, Procedures, Specialized Jurisdiction - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 13M) | The Jury (PDF 138K) | The Jury - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 3M) | The Sentencing Context (PDF 156K) | The Sentencing Context - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 61K) | Court Structure Charts (PDF 214K) | Codebooks and Datasets | To order paper version
    Part of the State Court Organization Series

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