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Legacy Datasets
The Supreme Court Database is typically updated four times a year. When referencing a dataset, 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 dataset to allow for replication.
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 dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
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    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 9,887
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
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    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 12,818
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

  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 dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 88,612
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 114,895
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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: 115,535
      This dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

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 dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 9,805
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 12,727
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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: 12,798
      This dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset 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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 75,326
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 87,874
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 114,076
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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: 114,715
      This dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
Addition of the 2011 term
Justice Identifiers were updated.
=> Review the codebook notes here.
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


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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 8,330
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 9,717
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 12,625
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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: 12,692
      This dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

  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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 74,629
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 87,078
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 113,154
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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: 113,757
      This dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
2010 case addition
2010 case correction
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


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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 8,329
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 9,716
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 12,624
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset 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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 74,620
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 87,069
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 113,145
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
Addition of the 2010 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


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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 8,245
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 9,622
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 12,515
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset 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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 73,865
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 86,223
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 112,164
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
Addition of the Vinson Court
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


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 dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,620
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 11,098
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset 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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 66,220
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 76,573
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 98,698
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
includes 2009 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


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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 7,367
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,526
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,975
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset 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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 65,401
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 75,718
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 97,663
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

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


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 dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,526
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,973
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset 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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 65,384
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 75,701
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 97,646
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
Cleaned up inconsistencies in vote data.
Minor corrections as reported.
No changes to normalizations.

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


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.
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    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 7,367
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
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    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,526
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
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    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,973
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, or 5.)
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    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 11,038
      This dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
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  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.
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    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 65,374
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
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    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 75,675
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
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    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 97,629
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, or 5.)
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    7. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision Including Split Votes
    8. Rows Included: 98,206
      This dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
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Release Notes:
Minor corrections
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


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 dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,526
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,973
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 75,666
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 97,602
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
includes 2008 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


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.
    click to show/hide file sets
    1. Cases Organized by Supreme Court Citation
    2. Rows Included: 7,284
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 8,432
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 10,880
      This dataset includes a row for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset 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 dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0.)
      click to show/hide download options
    3. Cases Organized by Docket
    4. Rows Included: 74,845
      This dataset 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 legacy dataset ANALU=0 or 1.)
      click to show/hide download options
    5. Cases Organized by Issue/Legal Provision
    6. Rows Included: 96,790
      This dataset includes one set of justice votes for each issue and legal provision dealt with by the Court for each docket. (For users of the legacy dataset 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: 97,340
      This dataset includes the very rare instances when the Court has multiple vote coalitions on a single issue or legal provision. The dataset contains up to two sets of justice votes for each issue and legal provision. (For users of the legacy dataset ANALU=0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.)
      click to show/hide download options

Release Notes:
This is the first official release of the renovated Supreme Court Database and includes terms 1953 to 2007.
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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