Thursday, September 20, 2007

Federal Court Transcripts Available on PACER

The Judicial Conference of the United States recently announced plans to make transcripts of federal district and bankruptcy court proceedings available online through the Judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system.

Under the new policy, transcripts created by court reporters or transcribers will be available for inspection and copying in a clerk of court’s office and for download from PACER 90 days after they are delivered to the clerk. (During the initial 90-day period, transcripts will be available at the clerk’s office for inspection only, or may be purchased from the court reporter or transcriber.)

Duke Law students, faculty and staff can request access to PACER from the Reference Desk. Because PACER charges under a pay-per-view system, library staff may require you to visit the library in person for an orientation to the service.