Judge Background Dataset
(also known as the Auburn Dataset)

The background characteristics of all appeals' court judges in the Appeals Court Database can be merged with the Judge Background Database. First, it is necessary to download the actual background data (in ASCII format) and the codebook (which includes all variables coded for each judge as well as the names of each individual judge). 

Judge Background Data Documentation (PDF format)

  1. Clicking the link below will download the file to your computer's "C" drive called: <C:\APPCT_DB\>. (file size in parantheses)
    1. SAS Format (64k)
      1. Self-extracting file for Microsoft Windows Users
      2. ZIP File for all other platforms
    2. SPSS Format (50k)
      1. Self-extracting file for Microsoft Windows Users
      2. ZIP File for all other platforms
    3. ASCII Format (43k)
      1. Self-extracting file for Microsoft Windows Users
      2. ZIP File for all other platforms
    4. Variable List (PDF format)
    5. Value Definitions (PDF format)
    Note: The files have been zipped (compressed) to reduce size and download time. For the self-extracting files, simply double-click the file and click Unzip to extract the file to the default location.  For users of platforms other than Microsoft Windows, please contact your system administrator for assistance.

    Note: After you download the files, please be the SAS file is named "aubsas.xpt" and the SPSS file is named "aubspss.por" (PK Zip or WinZip should do this automatically). 

  2. Program Codes
    1. Merging the Appeals Court Database with the Judge Background Database (SAS and SPSS)
    2. Converting the Judge Background Data from ASCII (SAS and SPSS)