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Wolfram|Alpha Offers Data on U.S. Federal Court Filings, Caseloads and More

Wolfram|Alpha is an online service/search engine with the mission of getting knowledge and answers for people "not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods." Via FutureLawyer, I learned that Wolfram|Alpha recently announced that it has added some data on each of the 94 district courts in the federal court system, which it hopes will offer some "fascinating bits of information about the justice system in this country."

For example, entering the term "California courts" will produce a list of all of the district courts in the state, along with data for each court, such as the number of cases filed and terminated per year, and the number of cases pending. There is also interesting data on points such as the median time to trial in each of the state's four district courts (e.g., 19.7 months in the Central District versus 35.1 months in the Southern District).

Clicking further to learn about a particular district court (here is the link for the Northern District, for example) produces information on that court including a map of its jurisdiction, charts of its annual filings and much more. Customized graphs and other data are available for users of the Wolfram|Alpha Pro service, which appears to have a $4.99/month fee.

Posted by Bruce Carton on April 5, 2012 at 04:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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