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The Prosecution and Adjudication Statistics Unit examines criminal and civil cases processed through the judicial system, as well as the organizations and the professionals that play key roles in the adjudication process. The unit also oversees several specialized projects that focus on specific crimes, offenders, and systems, such as cybercrimes and juveniles processed in state court systems.

The work of offices and systems critical to the adjudication process, including indigent defense services, prosecutor offices, and state attorney general offices are also examined by BJS’s Prosecution and Adjudication Unit. Data collected from these offices allow BJS to analyze staffing, caseloads, and expenditures associated with prosecuting and defending cases in the nation’s courts.

BJS also sponsors projects that examine the adjudication of civil cases by bench or jury trial in a national sample of trial courts. These data provide information on the characteristics of plaintiffs and defendants as well as case processing and outcome characteristics, including post-verdict relief and appeals.

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Publications & Products

Census of Problem-Solving Courts, 2012 Describes type, location, and characteristics of all known problem-solving courts active in 2012.
  Summary (PDF 217K) | PDF (1.1M) | ASCII file (37K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 37K)

Criminal Appeals in State Courts Describes the characteristics of criminal appeals resolved in state appellate courts in 2010.
  PDF (973KB) | ASCII file (35KB) | CSV (Comma Separated Values) (Zip format 19KB)

State Government Indigent Defense Expenditures, FY 2008–2012 - Updated Provides data on state government indigent defense expenditures for fiscal years 2008 through 2012.
  PDF (997K) | ASCII file (38K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 26K)

Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2009 - Statistical Tables Presents data on felony defendants for cases filed in May 2009 and followed up for up to 1 year after filing (2 years for murder cases); statistics covered include arrest charges, demographic characteristics, criminal histories, pretrial processing, adjudication, and sentencing.
  PDF (2M) | ASCII file (49K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 52K)
Part of the Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties Series

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

Pretrial Detention and Misconduct in Federal District Courts, 1995-2010 Presents findings on general trends in pretrial detention and misconduct in the federal district courts between fiscal years 1995 and 2010.
  PDF (1.6M) | ASCII file (34K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 11K)

Pretrial Release and Misconduct in Federal District Courts, 2008-2010 Presents findings on pretrial release and misconduct among defendants in federal district courts for the combined fiscal years 2008. 2009, and 2010.
  Press Release | PDF (756K) | ASCII file (33K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Spreadsheet 29K)

Pretrial Release and Misconduct in Federal District Courts, 2008-2010 FROM 2008 TO 2010 FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS RELEASED MORE THAN A THIRD OF DEFENDANTS PRETRIAL
  Press Release

Prosecutors in State Courts, 2007 - Statistical Tables Presents findings on felony caseloads and convictions in the 2,330 chief prosecutors' offices in the United States that handled felony cases in state courts of general jurisdiction.
  PDF (954M) | ASCII file (17K) | Zip format (38K)
Part of the Prosecutors in State Courts Series

Appeals of Civil Trials Concluded in 2005 Presents information on civil trials concluded in state trial courts in 2005 with judgments or verdicts later appealed to an intermediate appellate court or court of last resort.
  PDF (1.1M) | ASCII file (25K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 19K)

Terms & Definitions

Adjudication The act of a court in making an order, judgment, or decree.
Appellate Courts Any court of law that is empowered to hear an appeal of a trial court or other lower tribunal.
Assigned counsel The appointment from a list of private bar members who accept cases on a judge-by- judge, court-by-court, or case-by-case basis. This may include an administrative component and a set of rules and guidelines governing the appointment and processing of cases handled by the private bar members.
Bench trial (nonjury trial) A trial held in the absence of a jury and decided by a judge culminating in a judgment for the plaintiff(s) or defendant(s).
Capital cases Crimes that can result in a death penalty.
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