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Find a Case

Explore the various options for locating federal court case records electronically, including logging into PACER.

Search for a case in the federal court where the case was filed. This information is updated immediately.

Use the PACER Case Locator to search a nationwide index of federal court cases. This information is updated daily.

Get automated case information for the U.S. Supreme Court and bankruptcy courts by phone.

Look up court opinions from appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts issued after April 2004 through the U.S. Government Publishing Office website.

 Frequently Asked Questions

The PACER Case Locator is a national case locator index for all federal court records in district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts. Every 24 hours, typically nightly, the PACER Case Locator is updated with new case information.

Log in to the PACER Case Locator. If you are a registered PACER user, you automatically have access to the PACER Case Locator with your username and password.

A search will return the party name, the court where the case is filed, the case number, date filed, and date closed. You can access more detailed case information stored within CM/ECF from the case number in the PACER Case Locator.  

Case information is available once it has been filed or entered in the court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system. Login to the National PACER Login to view documents.

Newly filed cases typically appear in the PACER Case Locator within 24 hours.  

To see more detailed information about a case, access the court's CM/ECF site. You can access that site and other detailed case information from the PACER Case Locator by clicking on the case number. 

Yes. Access privileges are suspended for any account that causes an unacceptable level of congestion or disruption to the operations of the PACER Service Center, a federal court, or another PACER user. Any attempt to collect data from PACER in a manner that avoids billing is strictly prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution or civil action. 

It is the filer’s responsibility to redact and ensure private information is not included in the case files. Attorney’s must inform their clients that case files may be obtained electronically and to ensure private information is not included in the case files.