Is there a difference between PACER and CM/ECF?
Yes. Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts and from the PACER Case Locator. A login and password must be issued by PACER. Please visit the PACER Service Center at www.pacer.psc.uscourts.gov for additional information.
Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) is a nationally-supported system for docketing, reporting, and filing of documents in electronic format. The CM/ECF system allows for 24-hour desktop access to case files by judges, court staff, attorneys of record, and the general public. Attorneys or pro se parties who wish to file electronically in this court must register for electronic filing and receive a login and password issued by this court.
How do I set my PACER login to match my ECF login?
If you have an individual PACER login, you may set the login and password to match your ECF login. This may be beneficial to attorneys who have trouble viewing restricted documents. Log into ECF with the ECF user ID and password given to you by the court. Do not use your PACER login information. Select Utilities → Your Account → Change Your PACER Login . Select the checkbox “Make this my default PACER login.” After checking this box and entering your PACER login information, you will only need to use your ECF login and password, either for electronic filing or for viewing documents via PACER. You will not need to remember to use your PACER account information for restricted documents as it will be automatically entered for you.