Using PACER to View Federal Court Documents

Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER, is an online service from the federal Judiciary that provides case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.

pacerLogoLaw students and faculty have free access to PACER for academic use for the federal district court of Montana.  If you need access to other courts, contact Stacey or Cynthia.

To access PACER for the Montana Federal District Court, go to the law library web page, open the Law Library Databases link, and select PACER.  You will need your UM NetID and password.  (Your UM NetID is the number that begins with the initials of your name followed by numbers and ending with the letter “e.”)

Once at the search page, select Query and enter a case number or party name.  To retrieve the docket for the case, select “Docket Report.”  You can narrow results, if you wish, before clicking “Run Report.”  Documents available to view have a hyperlinked number next to them.  Select the document you are interested in viewing and click “View Document.”  To print a document, select the File tab at the top of your screen or scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the printer icon.


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