Registration For Viewing Case Documents and Electronic Notification of Filings

Viewing Case Documents

  • Appellate docket sheets and documents can be viewed via PACER.
  • A PACER account is required to view documents.
  • Go to https://www.pacer.gov/psco/cgi-bin/regform.pl for PACER account registration information.
  • One PACER account may be used to view publicly-accessible documents in all federal courts.

Receiving Electronic Notification of Appellate Case Filings

  • Appellate CM/ECF allows members of the public to request electronic notification of filings in appellate cases.
  • Users must register for a general public access CM/ECF account (Public Interested Party account).
  • This account allows users to request electronic notification of filings in cases pending before an appellate court using the CM/ECF utility Notice for Cases of Interest.
  • To view documents that have been filed in appellate cases, users must have a PACER account (see above).
How to register for a general public access CM/ECF account:
  1. Go to the appellate CM/ECF account registration site:
    https://www.pacer.gov/psco/cgi-bin/cmecf/ea-regform.pl
  2. Enter your personal information.
  3. Select “other (not a public filer)?”  
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  4. Enter your address information 
  5. Click Next Page
  6. Select the radio button for the Fourth Circuit. Your address information will auto-fill the requested fields.
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  7. Click Next Page.
  8. A username will be automatically selected for you. You can change the user name to anything you want, provided that it meets the security requirements of at least 7 characters.
  9. Enter a password of your choosing. A user selected password must be between 8 and 14 characters long with at least two non-alphabetic characters. 
  10. Confirm your password. 
  11. DO NOT CLICK Generate Password.
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  13. Answer the security question provided. If you do not like the question provided, you can replace it with a question of your own.
  14. Review the Terms of Use.
  15. Check the boxes to acknowledge you have read and agree to the terms of use.
  16. Click Submit Form.
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  17. After the Fourth Circuit activates your account, you will receive a confirmation email.
  18. Login to Appellate CM/ECF and select the Notice for Cases of Interest utility.