PACER allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, and the U.S. Party/Case Index via the Internet. You must register with the PACER Service Center to access the links to courts.
Although PACER is not in place for every court for every judicial district, it is fully functioning in Georgia. The clinic subscribes to this service. The administrative coordinator secures initially the information available for each new client. If the student needs additional information from PACER, he or she should see a Clinic II student who has the password or see the administrative coordinator.
The information available through the PACER System includes:
- A listing of all parties and participants including judges, attorneys, and trustees
- A compilation of case related information such as cause of action, nature of suit, and dollar demand
- A chronology of dates of case events entered in the case record
- A claims registry
- A listing of new cases each day
- Appellate court opinions
- Judgments or case status
- Types of documents filed for certain cases
- Many courts offer imaged copies of documents
The U.S. Party/Case Index (accessed through PACER) is a national index for U.S. district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts. A small subset of information from each case will be transferred to the U.S. Party/Case Index each night. The system serves as a locator index for PACER.
You may conduct nationwide searches to determine whether or not a party is involved in federal litigation. For detailed information on cases found while searching the U.S. Party/Case Index, you will need to visit the PACER site for the particular jurisdiction where the case is located.
The PACER System is available days, nights, and weekends. You can verify all updates to active and recently closed cases without having to make repeated trips to the court to review paper records. If there have been no updates, this can be confirmed in seconds.