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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Alternate Sources for Court Opinions Removed from PACER

For legal researchers looking for alternate free online sources for case documents that have been removed from Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), case opinions may be obtained from databases hosted by the Second Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Eleventh Circuit and Federal Circuit.  The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California does not maintain its own searchable online database, but does provide instructions on how to request print copies of case information.

Additionally, researchers may be interested in the United States Courts Opinions collection hosted by the U.S. Government Printing Office; in addition to documents still available through PACER, this collection also currently includes Seventh Circuit opinions dating from 2005-08.

Update: as of 9/19/14, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has announced plans to restore these documents to PACER.  Details are available here.

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