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Frequently Asked Questions

Are transcripts of court proceedings available on PACER?

When transcripts of court proceedings are produced, they are added to PACER 90 days later. Before a transcript is added to PACER, a copy is available in the clerk’s office for inspection only. Information on purchasing a transcript from the court reporter or transcriber within the 90-day can be provided by the clerk’s office. There is no maximum fee for transcripts in PACER. 

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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. 

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. 

No.  Sealed documents, including sealed indictments, are not available to the public and cannot be found on PACER. 

Go to the federal court where the case is filed to get paper copies of court documents. There is a $0.10 fee for getting paper copies of court documents.