FAQ: Where can I access federal court case and docket information?

In the Phoenix area, visit the Clerk at the Federal Courthouse or the Bankruptcy Courthouse to view and request documents from within the Arizona District.

Printing is available at 10 cents per page when using the public computer at the Clerk’s office; 50 cents a page when the Clerk finds and prints the documents. It is free to view documents.

Cases before August 2005 are in hard copy and may be at the local courthouse or archived at the Federal Records Center in California. These older dockets are requested from the Records Center at a $53 fee.


You can also access most federal court documents from any internet accessible computer by setting up a personal PACER account. PACER is the acronym for the system that is used to access federal court case files that have been electronically stored since August of 2005.

From the PACER website:

“Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service.”

What is the cost?

“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.” – PACER FAQ’s


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