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Supreme Court Decisions

Supreme Court Nominations

The Supreme Court Database provides data about decisions from 1946 to the present

  1. identification variables (e.g., citations and docket numbers);
  2. background variables (e.g., how the Court took jurisdiction, origin and source of the case, the reason the Court agreed to decide it);
  3. chronological variables (e.g., the date of decision, term of Court, natural court);
  4. substantive variables (e.g., legal provisions, issues, direction of decision);
  5. outcome variables (e.g., disposition of the case, winning party, formal alteration of precedent, declaration of unconstitutionality); and
  6. voting and opinion variables (e.g., how the individual justices voted, their opinions and interagreements).