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Previous Versions of the Database
The Supreme Court Database is updated at least once a year, shortly after the end of the term. If numerous corrections have been reported, there may be a mid-year release. When referencing a database, use the noted convention (e.g. SCDB_YYYY_##) to ensure data parity. All of the analysis performed on the site uses precisely the same data available for download. This page contains links to all previously released versions of the database to allow for replication.
The MODERN Database
2016 Release 01
Release ID: SCDB_2016_01
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2015
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 13,266
    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: 8,737
      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: 10,169
      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: 13,193
      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: 13,266
      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 : 118,848
    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: 78,233
      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: 91,076
      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: 118,191
      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: 118,848
      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:
Addition of the 2014 term.

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


2015 Release 03
Release ID: SCDB_2015_03
Release Date: April 08, 2016
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2014
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  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


2015 Release 02
Release ID: SCDB_2015_02
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2014
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 12,348
    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: 8,121
      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: 9,449
      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: 12,280
      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: 12,348
      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 : 110,689
    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: 73,770
      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: 84,694
      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: 110,073
      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: 110,689
      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:
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


2015 Release 01
Release ID: SCDB_2015_01
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2014
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 13,068
    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: 8,631
      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: 10,048
      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: 12,994
      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: 13,068
      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 : 117,145
    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: 77,342
      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: 90,061
      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: 116,479
      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: 117,145
      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:
Addition of the 2014 term
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


2014 Release 01
Release ID: SCDB_2014_01
Release Date: July 23, 2014
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2013
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 12,981
    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: 8,561
      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: 9,970
      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: 12,907
      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: 12,981
      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 : 116,362
    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: 76,712
      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: 89,359
      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: 115,696
      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: 116,362
      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:
Addition of the 2013 term

Correction made to Vinson Natual Court dates

Minor corrections as reported.
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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


2013 Release 01
Release ID: SCDB_2013_01
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2012
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 12,889
    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: 8,486
      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: 9,887
      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: 12,818
      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: 12,889
      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 : 115,535
    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: 76,037
      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: 88,612
      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: 114,895
      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: 115,535
      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:
Addition of the 2012 term
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


2012 Release 01
Release ID: SCDB_2012_01
Release Date: September 13, 2012
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2011
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 12,798
    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: 8,407
      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: 9,805
      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: 12,727
      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: 12,798
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 114,715
    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: 75,326
      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: 87,874
      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: 114,076
      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: 114,715
      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:
Addition of the 2011 term
Justice Identifiers were updated.
=> Review the codebook notes here.
Minor corrections as reported.
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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


2011 Release 03
Release ID: SCDB_2011_03
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2010
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 12,692
    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: 8,330
      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: 9,717
      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: 12,625
      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: 12,692
      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 : 113,757
    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: 74,629
      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: 87,078
      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: 113,154
      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: 113,757
      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:
2010 case addition
2010 case correction
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XLSX Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Version 2007 or later)
XPT SAS Transport Format


2011 Release 02
Release ID: SCDB_2011_02
Release Date: July 25, 2011
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2010
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 12,691
    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: 8,329
      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: 9,716
      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: 12,624
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 12,691
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 113,748
    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: 74,620
      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: 87,069
      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: 113,145
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 113,748
      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:
Addition of the 2010 term.
Minor corrections as reported.
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POR SPSS Portable File (Version 13 or later)
RDATA R Data Format (Version 2.0.0 or later)
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XLSX Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Version 2007 or later)
XPT SAS Transport Format


2011 Release 01
Release ID: SCDB_2011_01
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Includes Terms: 1946 - 2009
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 12,582
    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: 8,245
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 9,622
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 12,515
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 12,582
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 112,767
    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: 73,865
      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: 86,223
      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: 112,164
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 112,767
      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:
Addition of the Vinson Court
Minor corrections as reported.
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XLSX Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Version 2007 or later)
XPT SAS Transport Format


2010 Release 02
Release ID: SCDB_2010_02
Release Date: August 26, 2010
Includes Terms: 1953 - 2009
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 11,161
    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: 7,458
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,620
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 11,098
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 11,161
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 99,265
    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: 66,220
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 76,573
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 98,698
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 99,265
      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:
includes 2009 term
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XLSX Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Version 2007 or later)
XPT SAS Transport Format


2010 Release 01
Release ID: SCDB_2010_01
Release Date: February 10, 2010
Includes Terms: 1953 - 2008
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 11,038
    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: 7,367
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,526
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,975
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 11,038
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 98,230
    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: 65,401
      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: 75,718
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 97,663
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 98,230
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
Minor corrections as reported.
No changes to normalizations.
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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


2009 Release 04
Release ID: SCDB_2009_04
Release Date: December 07, 2009
Includes Terms: 1953 - 2008
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 11,038
    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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 7,365
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,526
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,973
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 11,038
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 98,213
    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: 65,384
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 75,701
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 97,646
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 98,213
      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:
Cleaned up inconsistencies in vote data.
Minor corrections as reported.
No changes to normalizations.

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XLSX Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Version 2007 or later)
XPT SAS Transport Format


2009 Release 03
Release ID: SCDB_2009_03
Release Date: November 01, 2009
Includes Terms: 1953 - 2008
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 11,038
    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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 7,367
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,526
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,973
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 11,038
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 98,206
    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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 65,374
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 75,675
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 97,629
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 98,206
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
Minor corrections
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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


2009 Release 02
Release ID: SCDB_2009_02
Release Date: July 23, 2009
Includes Terms: 1953 - 2008
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 11,038
    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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 7,367
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,526
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,973
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 11,038
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 98,206
    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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 65,365
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 75,666
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 97,602
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 98,206
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
includes 2008 term
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POR SPSS Portable File (Version 13 or later)
RDATA R Data Format (Version 2.0.0 or later)
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XLSX Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Version 2007 or later)
XPT SAS Transport Format


2009 Release 01
Release ID: SCDB_2009_01
Release Date: April 30, 2009
Includes Terms: 1953 - 2007
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 10,942
    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: 7,284
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,432
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,880
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options
    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 10,942
      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.)
      click to show/hide download options

  3. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 97,340
    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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 64,643
      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: 74,845
      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: 96,790
      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: 97,340
      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:
This is the first official release of the renovated Supreme Court Database and includes terms 1953 to 2007.
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POR SPSS Portable File (Version 13 or later)
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SAV SPSS Data File (Version 13 or later)
XLSX Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Version 2007 or later)
XPT SAS Transport Format


The LEGACY Database
SCDB_Legacy_03
Release ID: SCDB_Legacy_03
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Includes Terms: 1791 - 1945
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 19,861
    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: 19,861
      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. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 172,215
    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: 172,215
      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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Release Notes:
Minor corrections as reported.
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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


SCDB_Legacy_02
Release ID: SCDB_Legacy_02
Release Date: April 08, 2016
Includes Terms: 1791 - 1945
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 19,804
    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: 19,804
      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. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 249,800
    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: 249,800
      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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Release Notes:
Minor corrections as reported.
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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


SCDB_Legacy_01
Release ID: SCDB_Legacy_01
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Includes Terms: 1791 - 1945
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  1. Case Centered Data
  2. Total Rows : 28,535
    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: 28,535
      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. Justice Centered Data
  4. Total Rows : 249,794
    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: 249,794
      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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Release Notes:
This is the initial public offering of the SCDB's historical data.
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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