Electronic Access To Documents
While most documents are available electronically through the PACER system, this is not true for every document in every case. Generally, a litigant in a case gets “one free look” at recently filed documents through the notice of docket activity. But fees may apply for viewing documents on PACER. See the PACER web site for information on fees: www.pacer.gov. In accordance with Judicial Conference policy, documents in immigration and social security cases are locked and may not be viewed remotely. Documents in immigration and social security cases may be viewed at the courthouse in the clerk’s office. Appendices in criminal cases are similarly locked. Documents that are sealed by court rule or order are not available electronically or at the courthouse. Opinions are posted on the court’s web site as required by the E-Government Act.