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Mobile PACER Case Locator Debuts
The most widely used feature of the
federal Judiciary’s Public Access to
Court Electronic Records (PACER)
service has gone mobile.
A version of the PACER Case
Locator, a national index for all federal
appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts
was launched for mobile devices in
Users with supported mobile devices
such as iPads, iPhones, and Android
devices version 2.2 and higher will be
redirected automatically to the Mobile
PACER Case Locator when they visit www.pcl.uscourts.gov to search for court
records. The mobile web version also can
be accessed directly by visiting www.pcl.uscourts.gov/searchmobile.
PACER accounts allow users to obtain
case and docket information from federal
courts without having to visit a courthouse.
The Case Locator can tell users
who have partial information—a party’s
name, a company name, or perhaps a case
number—where in the federal court system
that litigation may exist.
“The world is constantly becoming more
mobile, and the Mobile PACER Case Locator
is an important development in our efforts
to enhance public accessibility to federal
court records,” said Michel Ishakian, chief of
the Administrative Office’s Public Access and
Records Management Division. “This should
be a great benefit to attorneys and others
who may need information in a hurry.”
For users who want more information
about a case, the mobile application will
link them to the relevant court’s Case
Management/Electronic Case Files system.
All the search options available on
the PACER Case Locator are replicated
on the mobile version, in an easily
Ishakian reports that the early feedback
has been very positive. “Users have told
us the mobile version offers very readable
displays,” she said.