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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answers to frequently asked questions about PACER.
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
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.