Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service.
On September 14, 2010, the Judicial Conference amended the policy on privacy and public access to electronic case files by restricting public access through PACER of documents in bankruptcy cases that were filed before December 1, 2003, and have been closed for more than one year. For these cases filed before December 1, 2003:
The docket sheet and docket information will remain available to the general public via PACER.
- Any party that has filed a notice of appearance in an individual case will have CM/ECF access to all filings in that case.
- All documents will remain accessible at the clerk's offices, except those under seal.
- Access to documents in bankruptcy case appeals filed in the district courts, bankruptcy appellate panels or courts of appeals for bankruptcy cases filed in the bankruptcy court prior to December 1, 2003, will be similarly restricted.
- Exemptions from the restrictions may be made by parties on a case-by-case basis through motion and order to the court.
Cases filed on or after December 1, 2003 are available on the PACER website.