Retrieving Federal and State Dockets
There are several online resources for finding case records (complaints, responses, motions, orders, briefs, etc.) of federal court dockets.
· Maryland Judiciary Case Search: Provides public access to the case records of the Maryland District Court (traffic, criminal, and civil) and Maryland Circuit Court (criminal and civil).
· Bloomberg Law: Provides law students with free access to PDFs of federal court docket files pulled from PACER, as well as state dockets. Username and password are required. If you do not already have an account with Bloomberg Law, visit www.bloomberglaw.com/activate and enter your name, phone number, law school email address (it is critical that you use your “.edu” address), school, and current role. Shortly after submitting, you will receive an email containing your account information. The account is active immediately.
· PACER: Provided by the federal Judiciary, PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) provides subscriber access to documents from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts. Library access only. PACER dockets are also on Bloomberg Law, Justia, and Westlaw. PACER tutorial here.
· Westlaw: Both Westlaw and WestlawNext provide access to documents pulled from PACER. There is also some coverage of state court dockets. Not all documents available in PDF.