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United States Government Documents, Federal Depository Library Program & PACER : Public Access to Court Electronic Records

Basic Features and Access of Pacer

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.


PACER tutorial

  • Pacer offers tutorials on the website.


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