Documents that are not available in electronic form may be retrieved from the National Archives and Records Center in Philadelphia after obtaining the requisite accession information from the clerk's office.
Contact Clerk's Office:Call (804) 916-2700, send an email from the Contact page, or write to the clerk's office at 1100 East Main Street, Suite 501, Richmond, VA 23219. Identify whether you want the case file (which contains appellate motions, responses, orders, and opinions) or the briefs and appendices (containing appellate arguments and relevant portions of the district court record).
Obtain Accession Information: The clerk's office will provide you with the accession information you need to request the case file or the briefs and appendices from the National Archives and Records Center. You will need:
- Court Location – Fourth Circuit, Richmond VA
- Case Name
- Case Number
- Transfer Number (provided by clerk's office)
- Box Number (provided by clerk's office)
Order Case Files or Briefs and Appendices from National Archives and Records Center Use the accession information to order either the case file or the briefs and appendices from the National Archives and Records Center. You may place your order online or send your order by fax or mail.
Order Microfiched Briefs and Appendices from National Archives and Records Center: Briefs and appendices from 1984 through 1991 were sent to the National Archives and Records Center in microfiche format. When you contact the clerk's office for accession information, you will be informed that the documents are in microfiche format and can be obtained by calling the National Archives and Records Center at (215) 305-2044, informing them that the documents are in microfiche format, and providing them with the case name and case number.
Contact Information: Links:
National Archives and Records Center
NARA-Mid Atlantic Region
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1025
Records Center: (215) 305-2000
National Archives Research Room Staff: (215) 305-2020
Fourth Circuit briefs and appendices on microfiche: (215) 305-2044
Fax: (215) 305-2039