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Review a Case File using PACER

Access U.S. Bankruptcy Court -
California Southern records online: PACER

If a case file is still open, you can access it online with PACER and view court records. Also known as the Public Access to Court Electronic Records, PACER is an Internet-based public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal Bankruptcy, District, and Appellate courts, and from the PACER Case Locator. Both open and closed cases filed on or after December 1, 2003 are available on PACER.

The use of PACER will generate a $0.10 per page charge. If your usage does not exceed $15 in a calendar quarter, fees for that quarter are waived, effectively making the service free for most users. Click here to read more about PACER.

PACER Requirements

PACER requires a computer, Internet access, and a PACER login and password.

There is no cost to register for PACER. Click here to register for a PACER account login and password.

For assistance with registrations, technical issues, payments, etc., contact the PACER Service Center in San Antonio, Texas at (800) 676-6856 or (210) 301-6440 from 8 am to 6 pm Central Time Monday - Friday. The E-mail address is pacer@psc.uscourts.gov.

For cases outside the Southern District of California, use the U.S. Party/Case Index (national PACER case/party index), which also requires a PACER login and password.

Privacy

On September 14, 2010, the Judicial Conference amended the policy on privacy and public access to electronic case files by restricting public access through PACER of documents in bankruptcy cases (including claims) that were filed before December 1, 2003, and that have been closed for more than one year. For these cases filed before December 1, 2003:

  • The docket sheet and docket information will remain available to the general public via PACER.
  • Documents that were previously unrestricted are now available only to court users, case participants, and anyone using a public terminal at the courthouse.
  • The public can print copies of these documents (except those under seal) from the court's public computers at the Front Counter / Intake area.
  • Access to documents in bankruptcy case appeals filed in the district courts, bankruptcy appellate panels, or courts of appeals for bankruptcy cases filed in the bankruptcy court prior to December 1, 2003, will be similarly restricted.
  • Exemptions from the restrictions may be made by parties on a case-by-case basis through motion and order to the court.

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Closed Case Files

If a case file is closed, the file is available at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Federal Records Center. Paper files are no longer kept at the court.

Order Records Online

You can order court records online. Go to the National Archives Web site, which contains directions on how to order Bankruptcy Court records.

You will need to register with the National Archives to request court records online. Also, you will need additional information about your case. Click here to enter a case number and search for the required information.

Order Records by Mail / Fax / Email

To order court records via mail /fax / email, use NATF Form 90, the Bankruptcy Cases Order Form, which can be found on the National Archives Web site. Directions for downloading and submitting this form can be found on the National Archives site.

You will need additional information about your case to complete NATF Form 90. Click here to enter a case number and search for the required information.

Help

Need help with case file information? Call the bankruptcy court at (619) 557-5620.

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Last revised: 25 February 2014