Some Court Documents No Longer Available on PACER

Sept. 23, 2014 update: The missing court documents for the four appellate courts described below will be restored to PACER by the end of October 2014. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts will continue to work on a similar solution for the missing records of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Original post from Sept. 10, 2014:

PACER – or Public Access to Court Electronic Records – is an online fee-based service allowing users to access court documents from the federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. In August, system upgrades in PACER led to the removal of documents from several courts.

Specifically, PACER users can no longer find documents from the following courts in the system:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit (cases filed prior to 1/1/10)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit (cases filed prior to 1/1/08)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (cases filed prior to 1/1/10)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (cases filed prior to 3/1/12)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (cases closed prior to 2/1/01)

The University of North Carolina Law Library has prepared a very helpful online guide on how to locate the docket information removed from PACER. It includes contact information for the various courts and special instructions for Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw users. Please see the link below for more information.

UNC Law Library: What Happened to the Information Removed from PACER?

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