The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system offers case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy courts. PACER provides detailed case information not available on Westlaw Next, including:
for federal court cases only.
Confused? Check out Pacing Yourself with PACER, a 2012 presentation by Madeline Cohen on using PACER.
Park Library & PACER
A librarian can retrieve documents for you from PACER at no charge. Here are the details:
RECAP (or PACER for free on FireFox or Chrome)
RECAP is an extension (or “add on”) for Firefox and Chrome. If you are logged in to PACER and have downloaded the RECAP extension, AND you see a document in PACER that's in RECAP ... you'll get the document for free!
More: RECAP helps PACER users build a free and open repository of public court records. RECAP users automatically donate the documents they purchase from PACER into a public repository hosted by the Internet Archive. And RECAP saves users money by alerting them when a document they are searching for is already available from this repository.
PACER charges $0.10 per page retrieved. This applies to both the pages of search results and the pages of documents you retrieve.
The charge for any single document is capped at $3.00, the equivalent of 30 pages. If you accrue a total of less than $15.00 worth of charges in any given quarter, fees are waived for that quarter.
This information is accurate as of December 11, 2013, and is taken from their FAQ.