Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an 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. PACER is provided by the Federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service.

Exemption from PACER Fee Increase for Government Users
Expires on April 1, 2015

In September 2011, the Judicial Conference authorized an increase in the Judiciary's electronic public access fee from $.08 to $.10 per page, starting April 1, 2012. The Conference was mindful of the impact such an increase could have on other public entities that budget in advance for resources. For this reason, local, state, and federal government agencies were exempted from the increase for three years. As noted in the EPA Fee Schedule, the exemption expires this year. Therefore, as of April 1, 2015, the PACER usage fee for government accounts will increase from $.08 per page to $0.10 per page.

NextGen CM/ECF

NextGen CM/ECF

The Federal Judiciary has developed a Next Generation (NextGen) Case Management/ Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system that will allow you to use the same account for both PACER and electronic filing access. More information on the improvements to PACER and CM/ECF is available. Check back for updates as courts go live on the new system.

Click here if you received a notice about NextGen CM/ECF from a federal court or just have questions about NextGen CM/ECF.

PACER Case Locator

The PACER Case Locator is a national index for U.S. district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts. A subset of information from each case is transferred to the PACER Case Locator server each night. The system serves as a locator index for PACER. You may conduct nationwide searches to determine whether or not a party is involved in federal litigation.
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