For cases filed on or after March 1, 2012, all case information and documents are available through PACER (external) or at public terminals located in the Clerk’s Office.
For cases filed before March 1, 2012, all case records are stored with the National Archives and Records Administration. However, the Clerk’s Office maintains copies of some documents on-site. Please submit a Records Request Form (pdf) or contact the Clerk’s Office at 202-275-8000.
The Clerk’s Office also offers SmartScan (external) service through the Federal Records Centers. Through SmartScan, the Federal Records Centers can locate and pull paper records, convert the documents to PDF, and transmit the digital file to the Clerk’s Office via email. This service should only be requested if you know exactly which document or documents you need. The service is limited to 100 pages.
Payment is due after the document has been scanned and emailed to the Clerk’s Office. Please contact the Clerk’s Office to assist you with this service.
There is a fee for records searches for documents not available through PACER (external). See Federal Circuit Fee Schedule. Additional copy charges may also apply. Please contact the Clerk’s Office to discuss the potential costs before submitting a records request. Payment is due at the time the request is made.
The Clerk’s Office can provide certified copies and apostilles for any document issued by, or in the custody of, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and its predecessor courts. Please contact the Clerk’s Office with these requests and certification and copy fees apply. See Federal Circuit Fee Schedule.
The following court records are also available online.