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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

Only the last four digits of a Social Security Number (SSN) are displayed on court documents. However, a full SSN can be used to perform searches to identify debtors. 

Some courts provide automatic case notification and alerts through Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. PACER users can keep track of newly docketed events by subscribing to a court’s RSS feed, which is free and includes automatic notification of case activity, summarized text, and links to the document and docket report.  

You can view the document or docket report linked from the RSS feed by logging into PACER. 

Search for the court where the case is filed, using the Court CM/ECF Lookup, to find out if they have an RSS feed.  

You are automatically logged out when you close your browser. You can also log out by clicking log out on the main menu. 

Transcripts of court proceedings are available after 90 days from when the transcript was taken. Contact the court to find out how you can access a transcript earlier than 90 days.

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.