Item Name: JURIS
Author(s): Alexandra Canavan, Paul Morgovsky
LDC Catalog No.: LDC98T32
ISBN: 1-58563-135-3
ISLRN: 380-519-899-609-3
DOI: https://doi.org/10.35111/4w95-zg53
Member Year(s): 1998
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): legal documents, government documents
Application(s): information retrieval
Language(s): English
Language ID(s): eng
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC98T32 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Canavan, Alexandra, and Paul Morgovsky. JURIS LDC98T32. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 1998.


This publication represents a release of the JURIS (Justice Department Retrieval and Inquiry System) data collection that has been made available to the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) by the U.S. Department of Justice. The time span of the text ranges from the 1700s to the early 1990s.


There are 1,664 individual text files in the corpus, 1011 on the first CD-ROM and 653 on the second. The original archive consisted of 219 files ranging between less than 1 MB and nearly 70 MB in size. In order to make the data more accessible for researchuse, we chose to divide the larger files into pieces, such that the average file size was about 2 MB when uncompressed (the largest uncompressed file size is about 4.5 MB). Divisions of the files were done at document boundaries, so all files contain whole documents.

There are a total of 694,667 document units in the corpus and these can be categorized to some extent with regard to their content. The following is a partial list of categories and their descriptions drawn from JURIS documentation contained in the corpus. The terminology and organization of categories are those used in the JURIS documentation:

  • Case Law
  • Executive Order
  • Regulations
  • Federal Register
  • Statutory Law
  • Administrative Law
  • International Agreements
  • Freedom of Information Act and related documents
  • Indian Law
  • Tax Law
  • Brief

As many of the documents contain Social Security Numbers of the parties involved, these have been redacted to protect the privacy of those individuals. All valid Social Security Numbers have been replaced with the string XXX-XX-XXXX. In some documents, number strings may be identified as Social Security Numbers, but they are in fact substitutions such as the series, 123-45-6789 or 987-65-4321. These ersatz numbers have been left unchanged. Some personal names have also been redacted and replaced with XXXXXXXX.


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