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Federal Courts

General information about the United States Federal Court System and resources for performing docket research.

Commercial Sources

  • Westlaw
    • Opinions, selected docket documents
    • Accessible via “Federal Materials” menu
  • Lexis Plus
    • Opinions, Briefs, Pleadings, Motions
    • Click the name of a court to get to the menu
  • Bloomberg Law
    • Opinions, Briefs, Pleadings, Motion
    • $1500/user cap on document retrieval


PACER is the fee-based system for district and circuit court opinions and filings.

Ways to save money getting documents from the PACER system:

  • Use the Recap website.  It is incomplete, but it is free.
  • Download the Recap browser plug-in. This will enable you to use the Recap database for documents it has, and if you pay for a document, Recap will add it to the database and the next Recap user will not need to pay for it.
  • Fee Waivers and Fee Exemptions:
  • FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES ONLY:  The FDLP's PACER: Access and Education Program gives participating libraries a credit towards the library’s PACER bill in exchange for the library educating library users about PACER.