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How-To: Get Free Access to PACER

Background: You are litigating your case in federal court
Problem: You cannot afford the access fees to online court records
Solution: You move the Court to exempt you from PACER access fees

I. Legal Citations

28 USC §1914 | District Court; Filing and Miscellaneous Fees; Rules of Court
"(b) The clerk shall collect from the parties such additional fees only as are prescribed by the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Fee Exemptions | Judicial Conference of the United States
"Courts may exempt certain persons or classes of persons from payment of the user access fee. Examples of individuals and groups that a court may consider exempting include: indigents...

II. Samples

# PDF Comments
1TBD case. Plaintiff's Filing (pro se). Poor Person. Calculation Included. Affidavit Included.

III. Templates

# Word Comments
1Replace all of the placeholder tags with real information (eg "[plfName]" becomes "John Doe").

IV. Quick Commentary

V. Additional Notes

VI. Additional resources

VII. Bibliography

VIII. Conclusion

Your federal court will need to grant you the privilege of accessing PACER without charge. If you use this template (filled with your own accurate information) then you might get approved.


Congratulations! You're now booked up on how to get a fee exemption for PACER access.

Please get the justice you deserve.


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