Supreme Court Database – Statistical Analysis

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The Supreme Court Database has been enhanced and rereleased.
The database currently contains data from 1953 to 2008. It will be updated each term going forward. The site has a streamlined interface that allows anyone to go online and pull up cases with ease. You can perform simple analyses or use the downloadable formats for analysis in a variety of statistical packages.

The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1953 and 2008 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 site has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and has started the process of coding all cases from the court’s first decision in 1792 to 1952.

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