CM/ECF and PACER Information

Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) 

In January 1996, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts began development of the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system. CM/ECF is a comprehensive case management system that allows courts to maintain electronic case files and offer electronic filing over the Internet. Courts can make all case information immediately available electronically through the Internet. Eventually, CM/ECF will replace the current case management systems used by the federal courts across the country.

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 from the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. Links to all courts are provided from this web site. 
 
Electronic access is available by registering with the PACER Service Center, the judiciary's centralized registration, billing, and technical support center. 
 
Each court maintains its own databases with case information. Because PACER database systems are maintained within each court, each jurisdiction will have a different URL. Each court service is comparable to the others; however, the format and content of the information may differ slightly. 
 
PACER is a service of the United States Judiciary. The PACER Service Center is operated by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.