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Census of State Court Organization

Data Collection Status
1980, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004, and 2011
Latest Data Available
Data Experts
George Ebo Browne, PhD., BJS Statistician
Suzanne M. Strong, PhD., BJS Statistician
Collection Period

1980, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004, and 2011


This collection serves as the primary source for detailed information on the structure and framework of state courts. The series collects information on the overall number of courts and judges in the nation's state courts; the selection and service requirements of judges; the governance, funding and administration of the judicial branch; the jurisdiction, staffing, and procedures associated with the nation's appellate courts; the administration, procedures, and specialized jurisdiction of state trial courts; the composition and workings of state juries; the sentencing context; and the overall structure of appellate and trial courts in each state. These data were last collected by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in 2011.

Date Created: May 26, 2009