The case locator requires a Pacer login to search Pacer.gov for court cases and files online in the U.S. Courts electronic database management system.
The option is used when you seek to review a case in a federal district or bankruptcy court on the CM or ECF website. There are four logins to Pacer.gov and it is important to note which sign in page you will need.
Landing on the main portal at https://www.pacer.gov/login.html you will see four distinct sections that use a Pacer login. The most frequently accessed is to review case information at the federal level in district, appellate, and bankruptcy courts at https://pacer.login.uscourts.gov/ hosted on the US Courts website.
Less used but available are the E-File, My PACER account manager, and Appellate Legacy filer. Those sections require different logins we will describe later in the text.
At the main Pacer login you will be required to enter a username and password in the required fields. A client code is not required. Your web browser must accept cookies for the account to work and authenticate properly after logging in. Should you forget your password use https://www.pacer.gov/pscof/forgotPassword.jsf?csoLogin=true to request a reset or new one.
A tool is available for lost usernames as well. Limited online help is available for sign in assistance. Calling the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is available from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday at the 1-800-676-6856 phone number.
The purpose of the official website is to have information searchable on locating and filing cases in the U.S. federal courts system.
E-File is used to submit a new file to the system and be placed on record. Options inside the My PACER Account profile included the ability to update your name, address, and password. Make payments using a credit card, view account statements, or sign up for automated billing.
The final location to use a Pacer login is when managing legacy files. Here you can update profile information and check the status of registration requests. See resources for more details on this.