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Extras - Federal Court Records on the Web

By Mary Lynn Wagner, Published on December 1, 1999

Mary Lynn Wagner is Library Director at Keating, Muething & Klekamp in Cinncinati, Ohio.

For updated information on dockets available on the web, see LLRX.com's Court Rules, Forms & Dockets.


| Bankruptcy Courts | District Courts | Circuit Courts | General Pacer | Other |

With all the courts seemingly going in different directions when it comes to putting dockets and filings online, it can be difficult to determine who's on the web and who isn't.  This list attempts to collect information on the various web docket systems all in one place, regardless of the type of system being used.

There are several different systems in place for court documents and dockets on the web, among them Web Pacer and Racer (Remote Access to Court Electronic Records), each of which works differently.   Note that Web Pacers require a user name and password, which can be obtained from the Pacer Service Center.  Generally speaking, the Racer systems do not require a fee.

Bankruptcy Courts

Arizona Bankruptcy http://ecf.azb.uscourts.gov                  
Very limited information available.
California Bankruptcy Central http://ecf.casb.uscourts.gov    
Web Pacer.
Requires that you download several files before using.
California Bankruptcy SD www.casb.uscourts.gov  - Located under "File Room"
Web Pacer.
Provides access to all documents (except claims) related to Chapter 13 cases filed between June 1, 1997 and March 31, 1999 available for viewing. To view these images, you need the free Watermark plug?in (no print option) or CPC View (for Windows ? full functionality ? view their site for cost) or ViewTiff.
Delaware Bankruptcy

http://www.deb.uscourts.gov
Provides access to images for documents. Requires Tiff viewer.

Florida Bankruptcy MD

http://www.flmb.uscourts.gov    
Web Pacer.

Georgia Bankruptcy ND http://ecf.ganb.uscourts.gov
Uses RACER
Contains images.
Delaware Bankruptcy http://www.deb.uscourts.gov
Provides access to images for documents.
Requires Tiff viewer.
Florida Bankruptcy MD http://ww.flmb.uscourts.gov
Web Pacer.
Does not contain images.
Georgia Bankruptcy ND http://ecf.ganb.uscourts.gov 
Uses RACER
Contains images.
Idaho Bankruptcy http://www.id.uscourts.gov/doc.htm
Uses RACER
Documents imaged are based on the following criteria:
  • All pending Southern Division Chapter 11 and 12 cases
  • All new Southern Division Chapter 11 and 12 cases as of Feb 1997
  • All Twin Falls and Boise Adversary cases
  • All chapter 7 business cases with assets in excess of $500,000
  • Any case requested by an Idaho Bankruptcy Judge
Illinois Bankruptcy ND http://www.ilnb.uscourts.gov/ViewImages.htm  
This site takes a long time to load. Uses RACER
Provides images to documents for Chapter 7 Asset and Chapter 11 Cases filed Jan 1998 to present.
Indiana Bankruptcy SD http://www.insb.uscourts.gov/case.asp  
Does not contain images.
Minnesota Bankruptcy http://www.mnb.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/mnb-450-main.pl
In January 1998, the court began scanning 1997 adversary proceedings and 1998 claims. All cases filed on or after May 1, 1998 are also being scanned and these images are available on the web site.
Images are stored in two forms: Visioneer Paperport or in a "pdf" format.
Nevada Bankruptcy http://www.nvb.uscourts.gov
Uses RACER
Name searches must be performed in UPPER CASE letters.
Images are available for all cases after 1997.
New York Bankruptcy SD http://ecf.nysb.uscourts.gov  
Provides images for documents.
North Carolina Bankruptcy ED http://www.nceb.uscourts.gov 
Uses RACER
Provides Internet access to dockets and has replaced the dial?up Pacer system. Pacer users will continue to use their current username and password to access WebRacer.
North Carolina Bankruptcy MD http://www.ncmb.uscourts.gov/racer_welcome.html
Uses RACER
All documents filed on or after January 1, 1999, will be scanned. Documents that have an associated image will have a "Yes" in the image column of the docket sheet.
North Carolina Bankruptcy WD http://www.ncbankruptcy.org 
Images are available from 1/1/97 to the present.
Rhode Island http://www.rib.uscourts.gov 
Requires registration. Provides images for 1998 & 1999 cases.
South Carolina Bankruptcy http://pacer.scb.uscourts.gov/bc/bkplog.html
Web Pacer service. Contains images for documents.
South Dakota Bankruptcy http://www.sdb.uscourts.gov/CaseInformation.htm
Contains images - must download the PaperPort Viewer to view the images. These images are available for any
pleadings filed after January 1, 1997 and all pleadings filed in cases pending on or after January 1, 1997.
Tennessee Bankruptcy MD http://www.tnmb.uscourts.gov
Uses NIBS.
Does not contain images.
After January 1, 1999, the Bankruptcy Court dial in system will be discontinued. All public access to the Bankruptcy information through the web site only.
Texas Bankruptcy ND http://pacer.txnb.uscourts.gov/bc/chs.html  
Web Pacer service.
Does not contain images.
Texas Bankruptcy SD http://pacer.txs.uscourts.gov
Web Pacer service.
Does not contain images.
Utah Bankruptcy Court http://www.utb.uscourts.gov
Uses Chaser system. Contains images.
Virginia Bankruptcy ED http://ecf.vaeb.uscourts.gov  
Click on "Electronic Case Filing" to obtain public access to the database. Images are available for 1999 cases.
Washington Bankruptcy ED http://www.waeb.uscourts.gov
Uses RACER
Contains images.
Wyoming Bankruptcy Court http://209.64.46.82
Uses RACER
Contains images.

District Courts

Alabama District Court ND http://www.alnd.uscourts.gov/page5.htm
Webdoc still under construction.
Alaska District Court http://www.akd.uscourts.gov Provides access to docket information via E-mail.
Arkansas District Court ED http://www.are.uscourts.gov
Uses RACER. Contains images.
Arkansas District Court WD http://www.arwd.uscourts.gov/mailform.html  
E-mail Pacer. Docket sheets are sent to your email address.
Florida District Court SD http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov/dc/pacer100.html   or
http://www.netside.net/usdcfls 
Does not contain images.
Idaho District Court http://www.id.uscourts.gov/doc.htm  
RACER
Documents imaged are based on the following criteria:
· All Pending Eastern and Northern Division criminal cases
· All capital cases
· Additional cases requested by Chambers:
Illinois District Court ND  http://pacer.ilnd.uscourts.gov
Web Pacer. Does not contain images.
Indiana District Court SD http://www.insd.uscourts.gov 
Does not contain images.
Kansas District Court http://pacer.ksd.uscourts.gov
Web Pacer. Does not contain images.
Kentucky District Court WD http://www.kywd.uscourts.gov  
Does not contain images.
Louisiana District Court http://pacer.laed.uscourts.gov
Uses Web Pacer. Does not contain images.
Maine District Court http://pacer.med.uscourts.gov/dc/pacer100.html  
Pacer. Does not contain images.
Missouri District Court WD http://ecf.mowd.uscourts.gov 
Contains images.
New Mexico District Court http://www.nmcourt.fed.us/dcdocs 
Requires login and password through ACE. No fee at this time.
New York District Court SD http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/rulings.htm
Does not provide PACER access on the web at this time. However, they provide service called court web which provides access to recent rulings from judges who elect to participate in the program.
North Carolina District Court WD http://208.141.47.221  
Contains cases filed after 3/1/99.
Also contains images.
Ohio District Court ND http://www.ohnd.uscourts.gov 
Contains images.
Oregon District Court http://ecf.ord.uscourts.gov
Contains images.
South Dakota District Court http://pacer.sdd.uscourts.gov
Uses RACER
Contains images.
Texas District Court ND http://pacer.txnd.uscourts.gov/    
Does not provide images.
Texas District Court SD http://pacer.txs.uscourts.gov/dc/pacer100.html
Lists costs for displaying information. Does not provide images.

Circuit Courts

5th Circuit http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov
Opinions & case info. available.
Does not contain images.
6th Circuit http://pacer.ca6.uscourts.gov
Does not contain images.
7th Circuit http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/dkt.htm
Does not contain images.
8th Circuit http://ls.wustl.edu/8th.cir/Dockets  
Does not contain images. Opinions are available at the main web site.
8th Circuit Bankruptcy http://ls.wustl.edu/8th.cir/BAP/Dockets  
Appellate Panel
Does not contain images. Opinions are available at the main web site.
11th Circuit http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov
Opinions only.

General Pacer

Case Party Index http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/
Uses Web Pacer
A list of courts that have moved over to Pacer can be found at: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov

Other

Nevada Clark County - http://courtgate.coca.co.clark.nv.us:8490/  
Ohio Hamilton County - http://www.courtclerk.org  
Provides docket information for municipal, civil and criminal cases. Contains images.
Oklahoma  http://www.oscn.net  
Oklahoma is beta testing a system that would provide access to docket sheets only for the following courts: 

Appellate Courts
Supreme Court 
Court of Criminal Appeals 
Court of Civil Appeals 
Court of Tax Review District Courts Tulsa County (Criminal Dockets) 
Payne County (Criminal Dockets) 
Canadian County (Criminal Dockets) 
Oklahoma County (Criminal Dockets) By January 2001, the dockets of all counties in the State of Oklahoma
will be available from this web site. 

Wisconsin  Circuit Court Automation Program http://ccap.courts.state.wi.us/InternetCourtAccess/ 
Provides access to docket information from most county courts throughout Wisconsin. Does not provide images. 

If you know of other state courts available on the web, please email Mary Lynn Wagner at MWagner@kmklaw.com.