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CM/ECF 5.2

PACER Access Restrictions

The Judicial Conference of the United States has amended its policy on privacy and public access to electronic case files by restricting access through the PACER system to documents in bankruptcy cases filed before December 1, 2003, and closed for more than one year. The docket sheet and docket information for those cases can still be viewed in the PACER system. However, only parties that appeared in the case using their unique ECF login account will have access to papers filed in the case. All papers filed in such cases, except those under seal, will remain fully accessible at the clerks' offices.

This restriction to access occurred automatically with the court's upgrade to CM/ECF Release 4.2 on November 20, 2011. 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, is similarly restricted. For more information about public access to court documents, click here.

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