PACER is an acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records. PACER allows you to access the court's electronic case records from any internet connected computer. PACER is a part of the court's Electronic Case Filing system (ECF). The ECF system allows you to file case related documents with the court while PACER allows you to view the documents.
You must register with the PACER Service Center before accessing the PACER system. You can contact the PACER Service Center by phone at 1-800-676-6856 or online at http://www.pacer.psc.uscourts.gov.
Each court maintains their own PACER system. The PACER system for the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi is located at https://ecf.mssb.uscourts.gov.
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Announcement of PACER Fee Increase Effective April 1, 2012
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized an increase in the Judiciary's electronic public access fee in response to increasing costs for maintaining and enhancing the electronic public access system. The increase in the electronic public access (PACER) fee, from $.08 to $.10 per page, is needed to continue to support and improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, and to develop and implement the next generation of the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system.
The PACER fee has not been increased since 2005. As mandated by Congress, the PACER program is funded entirely through user fees set by the Conference. Implementation of the two-cent per page increase will become effective on April 1, 2012.
The Conference was mindful of the impact such an increase could have on other public entities and on public users accessing the system to obtain information on a particular case. For this reason, local, state, and federal government agencies will be exempted from the increase for three years. Moreover, PACER users who do not accrue charges of more than $15 in a quarterly billing cycle would not be charged a fee. (The current exemption is $10 per quarter.) The expanded exemption means that 75 to 80 percent of all users will still pay no fees.
The 26-member Judicial Conference is the policy-making body for the federal court system. The Chief Justice serves as its presiding officer. Its members are the chief judges of the 13 courts of appeals, a district judge from each of the 12 geographic circuits, and the chief judge of the Court of International Trade. The Conference meets twice a year to consider administrative and policy issues affecting the court system, and to make recommendations to Congress concerning legislation involving the Judicial Branch.
For additional information visit the PACER web site at http://www.pacer.gov or contact the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6856.