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Basic Features and Access of Pacer

Pacer access at the Garbrecht Law Library

The Garbrecht Law Library at the University of Maine School of Law is part of the PACER: Access and Education Program.   The Library partnership helps provide access to Federal Court Records to the public. Please contact the Reference Desk with questions.   For more information regarding the program please visit Pacer: Access and Education Program.

What Does Pacer Cost?

  • Pacer is a pay per search system.  Anyone may register to join Pacer and will receive a quarterly bill.
  • The Garbrecht Law Library receives limited funding through the Pacer Education and Access Program
  • "PACER charges $0.10 per page retrieved. This applies to both the pages of search results and the pages of documents you retrieve.
    The charge for any single document is capped at $3.00, the equivalent of 30 pages. The cap does not apply to name searches, reports that are not case-specific, and transcripts of federal court proceedings.
    If you accrue a total of less than $15.00 worth of charges in any given quarter, fees are waived for that quarter."

Types of case materials on Pacer

  • All materials are related to Federal Cases.  PACER is a service of the Federal Court.
  • Docket
  • Briefs
  • Testimony
  • Exhibits
  • Orders

What Pacer does not contain.

  • Pacer does not contain state material.
  • Pacer coverage varies by district and circuit court.
  • Pacer is the public access to court records.  It is not the Case Management/Court Electronic Records.

Reference Help

Any individual or institution may register for a PACER account.  For questions regarding PACER or searching PACER, at the Maine Law Library, please contact the Reference Desk.

207-780-4351

lawref@maine.edu

PACER tutorial

  • Pacer offers tutorials on the Pacer.gov website.

 

Current Announcements & Updates From Pacer.gov