Articles Tagged with PACER

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According to a recent announcement “[t]he United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is taking further steps to ensure that information derived from the Internet and cited in official court opinions remains available even if the original online resource ceases to exist or is altered.” As of January 4, 2016, they automatically add PDF files of websites cited in documents to the case docket, accessible through their online case management/filing system and PACER.

From 2008 through 2015 the Ninth Circuit Library created and maintained an online collection of PDF files of Websites Cited in Ninth Circuit Opinions. This change will make the relevant files more apparent to researchers looking at a case docket.

Source: Online Citation Sources Added to Docket, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jan. 1, 2016.

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From LawSites (Robert Ambrogi): New PacerPro Service Automatically Retrieves and Delivers Federal ‘Free Look’ Documents

Excerpt: “If I were to tell you that a new service could help you avoid a $40 million mistake in litigation, would you be interested?

The mistake to which I refer was Sidley Austin’s failure to timely read orders referenced in a notice of electronic filing (NEF). The orders denied Sidley’s post-trial motions filed on behalf of AT&T after it was hit with a $40 million verdict in a patent infringement case. Because Sidley did not read the orders in time, it missed the deadline to file an appeal….“[Link to full Law Sites post.]

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The Washington Post reports today that the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has a plan to restore online access to the PACER documents that were removed. Link to the full article.

Hat tip to AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) for their action on this important issue.

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The University of North Carolina Law Library has developed a guide on:

Accessing Docket Information Directly from the Courts Affected by the Removal of Information.

Previous OLR blog posts on the most recent removal of PACER documents:

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Major hat tips to the law librarian community for these updates!

If you want to vent, here are some who got there before you (as of this morning, 8/27/14):

1) US courts trash a decade’s worth of online documents, shrug it off: Ars technica article

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So allow extra time for locating the documents you need. And remember, Time = Money.

No longer available on PACER:

As of August 10, 2014 the following information will no longer be available on PACER:

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While PACER is way ahead of many state e-court systems, it is still flawed. Enter PacerPro. Give it a whirl, free (for now), and read about it in this article:

From ABA Journal: “Service offers a better way to search federal court records than PACER,” Mar 1, 2014, by Robert Ambrogi.

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PACER has been a regular jumping bean lately, bouncing up and down, up and down.

While these PACER back-ups are not perfect, and you’ll need to verify document currency when PACER is back up again, some law librarians say in a pinch they might still be useful:

1) PlainSite

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Jim Calloway, at the Oklahoma State Bar, alerts us to these “Ten Improved Fastcase Tools,” including this intriguing one (among others):

PACER Searching

Searching federal dockets with PACER is slow and difficult, especially if you have to search multiple courts. So Fastcase has worked with Justia to build a tool that can search across all PACER sites at once. It’s the depth of PACER with the power of Fastcase. You can also filter by state, court, date or type of suit. When you select a document you’d like to download, the tool takes you to the individual PACER site, where standard charges apply.” [Link to Jim Calloway’s blog post.]

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1) PACER is a U.S. Administrative Office of the Courts database.

2) PACER is an online federal court case docket system.

3) Anyone may subscribe to PACER (registration is required).