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MODERN Database: 2015 Release 03
Release ID: SCDB_2015_03
Release Date: April 08, 2016
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2014
We provide both Case Centered and Justice Centered data. In the Case Centered data the unit of analysis is the case; i.e., each row of the database contains information about an individual dispute. These data should be used unless the votes of the individuals justices are of interest. The Justice Centered data include a row for each justice participating in each dispute. Please see the Instructions for more information.

For instructions on citing to the SCDB, please consult the codebook's Citing to The SCDB.

  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 13,171
    Case Centered data provides case level information; i.e., each row in the database corresponds to a dispute. These data do not contain specific justice vote information.
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    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 8,662
      This database includes one row for each dispute. Consolidated cases (those with multiple dockets) or cases with multiple issues or legal provisions are included only once. (For users of the original Spaeth database, ANALU=0.)
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    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 10,079
      This database includes a row for each docket. Thus, consolidated cases appear multiple times, but there is only a single issue and legal provision for each case. (For users of the original Spaeth database, ANALU=0 or 1.)
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    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 13,098
      This database includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the original Spaeth database, ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, or 5.)
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    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 13,171
      This database includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the original Spaeth database, ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
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  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 118,068
    Justice Centered data includes a set of justice votes for each dispute, along with the case information. The unit of analysis is the vote. These data should be used if the votes of the justices are of interest.
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    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 77,621
      This database includes one set of justice votes for each dispute. Consolidated cases (those with multiple dockets) or cases with multiple issues or legal provisions are included only once. (For users of the original Spaeth database, ANALU=0.)
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    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 90,340
      This database includes one set of justice votes for each docket. Thus, consolidated cases appear multiple times, but there is only a single issue and legal provision for each case. (For users of the original Spaeth database, ANALU=0 or 1.)
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    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 117,411
      This database includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the original Spaeth database, ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, or 5.)
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    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 118,068
      This database includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The database contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the original Spaeth database, ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
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Release Notes:
NOTE: This release corrects a missing-row issue in the SCDB_2015_02 Release that affected some of the downloadable database files.

Also includes minor corrections as reported.
Filetype Key:
CSV Comma Delimited Text (ASCII)
DTA Stata (Version 10 or later)
POR SPSS Portable File (Version 13 or later)
RDATA R Data Format (Version 2.0.0 or later)
SAV SPSS Data File (Version 13 or later)
XLSX Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Version 2007 or later)
XPT SAS Transport Format




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