Can the general public view CM/ECF cases and the documents in those cases?
Access to view cases and documents in CM/ECF will be available to anyone with a PACER login and password. PACER offers convenient electronic access to case file documents, listing of all case parties, reports of case related information, chronologies of events entered in the case record, listing of new cases. However, as a result of the policy recently adopted by the Judicial Conference, the public cannot view documents filed in Civil Social Security Appeal cases or Criminal cases. To defray the costs of PACER and CM/ECF, the Judicial Conference has set a fee of seven cents per page for electronic court data via the internet, except for calendar information, for which there is no charge. The fee applies to all users, although courts may exempt certain persons, such as indigents or bankruptcy case trustees. Parties entitled to documents as part of the legal process receive a free electronic copy, although they will be charged for replacement copies, whether in paper or electronic form.
Anyone can obtain a PACER account which permits them to view bankruptcy cases and documents in CM/ECF. PACER offers convenient electronic access to documents, listing of all case parties, reports of case related information, chronologies of events entered in the case record, claim registries, listing of new cases, and deadlines. There is a fee to use PACER based on the number of pages of information accessed.
Yes, the public may access case data in CM/ECF, unless it has been sealed, or otherwise restricted by the Court. The public access component of CM/ECF will require a user to enter a PACER login and password. Because the PACER login and CM/ECF filing login are different, a filing attorney will need both. Established PACER users will automatically have access to these sites – a new account does not need to be created. For those currently not registered with PACER, a PACER account may be obtained here.
Status Commenced implementation on January 1, 2003 • On November 3, 2003, we went live with the new case management (CM) portion of the system, WebPacer discontinued, and ECF-PACER operational. • All documents submitted in civil cases commenced on or after June 1, 2004, and in criminal cases commenced on or after January 1, 2005, were required to be electronically filed using the court’s Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system. • On October 1, 2005, all remaining paper cases pending in this court, unless exempted by court order, were converted to electronic cases. Thus, unless exempted by local rule or administrative procedure, all documents are now filed electronically. Overview The Administrative Office of the United States Courts is moving swiftly to implement a case management/electronic case filing (CM/ECF) system in all district, appellate, and bankruptcy courts nationwide. Currently there are 93 District courts in the process of implementing CM/ECF, including 85 District courts that