Accessing Court Records

Federal Courts

PACER – Electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator. Costs 10 cents per page.

PACER Training – Free Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) training site where current and future users can learn how to use PACER, a service of the federal Judiciary that assembles case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.

PacerPro – Logs onto PACER and collects and stores copies of records from the 94 U.S. District Court sites so they can be more easily shared with others. Also provides access to same-day filings by accessing court records directly. (Court records don’t appear on PACER until 24 – 48 hrs. later.) Basic services are free and include directly accessing all federal district court cases, bookmarking cases so you can go back to them, and downloading entire case dockets with a single click. Premium services (beginning October 2014) will cost $25/month and provide unlimited downloading, case following, and case updates. Another plan will offer the ability to search federal court dockets by key word. The site plans to offer access to U.S. bankruptcy court filings soon and, eventually, access to all 214 federal court sites and to state court sites.