CM/ECF (Case Management/Electronic Case Filing) is a nationwide judiciary system for uploading documents into federal court records. Click this link to access CM/ECF for the Western District of Louisiana.
PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) is an electronic public access service that allows users to research indices, individual case information, and reports from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts. Click here for PACER for the Western District of Louisiana.
NOTICE Regarding Third-Party Services and Access to Case Information and Documents in CM/ECF
Please be advised that sharing CM/ECF filing credentials and PACER account credentials with a third-party service provider or designating that provider as a secondary recipient of a Notice of Electronic Filing or Notice of Docket Activity (NEF/NDA) may give it access to restricted and/or sealed case information and documents in violation of federal law. You are urged to use caution in your computer security practices to ensure that restricted and/or sealed documents to which you have access are not disclosed. Fee exempt users should not share the documents they obtain from PACER under the exemption, unless expressly authorized by the court.
Courts are undergoing waves of transition from the current generation of CM/ECF to NextGen CM/ECF which implements single sign-on functionality. After a court implements NextGen CM/ECF, e-filers will simply use their PACER login credentials to both e-file and view reports and documents across all federal courts in which they are authorized to e-file. Therefore, sharing your PACER account credentials with a third-party service may provide access to restricted and/or sealed information which is in violation of federal law.