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PACER Login and Basic Search

This article provides step by step instructions on how to login to PACER and access bankruptcy, district and federal appellate court case information. Public Access of Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service used to obtain case and document information online.

PACER Login

To log into PACER use this link – PACER LOGIN

Shows the Case Login screen for PACER.

The username and password are available from your CSS Attorney.

The Client Code is not required, so can be left blank.

There are 5 ways to Search:

  1. Case Search
  2. Advanced Case Search
  3. Party Search
  4. Advanced Party Search
  5. Bankruptcy Search

Case Locate for Bankruptcy

Primarily searching for Bankruptcy cases, use the Bankruptcy Search Option as you generally have the full social security number for any obligor parent you believe has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Shows the actual screen for the PACER Case Locate for Bankruptcy.

After clicking on the Search button, the next Pacer screen will be a Search Results screen.  It will list all bankruptcy cases associated with the SSN in your search including closed cases.  When you select and click on the case number, a Query screen will appear:

Shows the actual screen for a PACER general Query.

Each of the links will provide different information. . We are charged $.10 per page (for searches and documents) with a maximum of $3.00 per document.  A document with over 30 pages will only result in a $3.00 charge.

Us the Claims Register link to see who has filed a Proof of Claim.  This is a good place to see if CSS has previously filed a Proof of Claim. Proofs of Claim are not listed on the Docket Report.  The Docket Report is similar to the dockets found in State Court listing all pleadings, responses, and orders filed in the bankruptcy proceeding.

The Case Summary is useful if all you need is a quick update such as was the case dismissed or discharged and the date this occurred.  You always have the option of contacting the Bankruptcy Section at CSS.Bankruptcy@okdhs.org if you would prefer a search be conducted by the Bankruptcy Section.

Locate for Federal District Courts

Primarily when searching for cases in the federal district courts you will use the Case Search or Advanced Case Search function if you know the case number and name of a party.  If you do not know the case number you will use the Party Search or Advanced Party Search.

If you use name only for a search it will return cases from all over the country and you will have to sort through and find the correct case.

Case Search

Shows the actual screen for the PACER Case Search.

Party Search

Shows the actual screen for the PACER Party Search.

After clicking on the Search button, the next Pacer screen will be a Search Results screen.  It may contain only one case, or many, and may be more than 1 page. If multiple listings then you can sort the list by any of the blue underlined headers in the box.

You can select a case by hovering over the case number and clicking.

Shows the actual screen for the PACER Search Results

When you click on the case number a Query screen will appear:

Shows the actual screen for a more detailed PACER Query including Docket queries.

Each of the links will provide different information. The “Docket Report” is laid out like a docket sheet that you can find in almost any court.

Shows the actual screen for the PACER Docket Sheet.

You have options on how to view the Docket Sheet. These options allow you to filter down to only a part of the docket sheet. That is useful if the case has an enormous number of documents and hearings. Most people want to see the entire docket sheet (and “Oldest date first”), if that is you, leave everything blank except the case number and hit the “Run Report” button at the bottom.

Shows the actual screen for when the Run Report button is pressed for a Docket.

When the actual Docket Sheet appears it is much like what we see on OSCN or ODCR docket sheets.  One difference is that each entry is numbered and you click on the number to retrieve or see the actual imaged document. We are charged $.10 per page with a maximum of $3.00 per document.  Any document containing more than 30 pages will only be charged $3.00.

As mentioned, each of the links will provide different information.  It is recommended you explore a little from time to time to see what works best for you.

For more information on Bankruptcy, go to How to Get a Copy of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan  or How to File a Proof of Claim in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case  or Bankruptcy Back to Basics.