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What is the difference between PACER and CM/ECF?


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 the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service.

CM/ECF is the federal courts' case management and electronic case filing system.  It allows courts to maintain case dockets and documents in electronic form and to permit electronic filing of case documents over the Internet.

Public users log into CM/ECF through PACER.