Civil litigation in the United States, 1977-1979 [electronic resource].

Kritzer, Herbert M., 1947- [Browse]
Data file
3rd ICPSR ed.
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989.
Extent of collection: 5 data files + machine-readable documentation (text).


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Restrictions note
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Summary note
The Civil Litigation Research Project, based at the University of Wisconsin Law School, was organized in 1979 to develop a large database on dispute processing and litigation and to collect information on the costs of civil litigation. Data were gathered on topics such as negotiation proceedings, relationship between lawyer and client, and organizations' influence on the outcome of a dispute.
  • Codebook available in print and electronic format.
  • Title from title screen (viewed on October 14, 2005).
Type of data
Extent of collection: 5 data files + machine-readable documentation (text).
Time and place of event
  • Date(s) of collection: 1979.
  • Time period: 1977-1979.
Geographic coverage
Geographic coverage: United States.
Funding information
  • Funding agency: (1) United States Department of Justice. Federal Justice Research Program, (2) United States Department of Justice. Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice, (3) United States Department of Justice. National Institute of Justice, (4) National Institute for Dispute Resolution, and (5) National Science Foundation.
  • Grant number: SES-8511622, and SES-8320129.
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Data format: LRECL.
Methodology note
  • Data source: court records, alternative dispute processing institution records, and personal interviews.
  • Sample: a random digit dialing scheme was employed for the screener surveys, and varying types of sampling designs were used for courts and institutions. See pages 0-7 through 0-11 of the Comprehensive Datafile codebook for complete details of sampling procedures.
  • Universe: disputes processed in the United States by courts and by alternative third party institutions and those processed bilaterally, i.e., without the involvement of a third party.
  • DSS copy: [1] Civil litigation research project data archive
  • [2] Dispute survey open-ended questions: listed-to-tape codebook.
  • Firestone copy: [1] [a-b] Data archive
  • [2] Household screener
  • [3] Dispute survey open-ended questions
  • [4] Organizational screener.
Cite as
Kritzer, Herbert M., David M. Trubek, William L.F. Felstiner, Joel B. Grossman, and Austin Sarat. CIVIL LITIGATION IN THE UNITED STATES, 1977-1979 [Computer file]. 3rd ICPSR ed. Madison, WI: Herbert M. Kritzer, David M. Trubek, William L. F. Felstiner, Joel B. Grossman, and Austin Sarat [producers], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989.
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