PACER

The Cincinnati Law Library recently became a registered member of PACER. Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER, is an electronic service that provides access to case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts, as well as the U.S. Party Case/Index. PACER is an inexpensive, fast and comprehensive information service available to any researcher with a PC and online access. Library members may access PACER from any of the computer room machines, at a PACER cost of $0.07 per page viewed. The usual Law Library per page printing charge also applies. Information on research with PACER is available on the homepage for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov.

Accessing PACER

PACER is accessed from the United States Courts’ web page, which offers links to all PACER accessible courts. Alternatively, you may begin at the web page for the specific court. Some web sites require special communications software. Most users begin with the PACER Web Links page: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/links.pl. Appeals, Bankruptcy and District court information is available. It should be noted that each court maintains its own database system, and although information from each court is comparable, the format and content may differ slightly. Users should also note that each Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy court administers its own web site. Information available on one may not be available on another. For local courts, one may access imaged documents for Indiana Northern and Southern Bankruptcy Districts, Kentucky Eastern and Western Bankruptcy Districts, and Ohio Northern Bankruptcy District Court. The Indiana Northern District Court and Ohio Northern District Court also provide access to imaged documents.

There is no charge to register for PACER, which can be done online.

Searching PACER

PACER search functions are similar to other legal information databases. Unlike Lexis or WestLaw, the content of PACER is drawn from many different websites. The researcher should seek specific documents, or at least information about a specific case. Because of its billing structure, PACER is not ideal for browsing. There is no provision for subject searching.

Most district courts permit searching by case number, first middle and last names of attorneys or parties. The bankruptcy courts usually offer searching by Social Security number or tax identification number.

Had you noticed...?  In order to inform you of the Cincinnati Law Library’s holdings, this column will feature brief reviews of new, important or under-utilized publications.

 

Because of its close geographic proximity to Kentucky and Indiana, the Law Library has an extensive collection of materials pertaining to those two jurisdictions. We also have materials for the other states, but the degree of coverage varies.

For Kentucky, the Law Library has both Michie’s and Baldwin’s Kentucky Revised Statutes, as well as the Kentucky Administrative Regulations, Kentucky Attorney General Opinions and the Kentucky Digest, 1st and 2d. In addition to these works, the law library also contains practice-oriented materials such as Shepard’s Kentucky Citators, Kentucky Forms and Transactions, and Kentucky Instructions to Juries.

For Indiana, the law library owns copies of Burns’ Indiana Statutes Annotated and West’s Annotated Indiana Code, and West’s Indiana Digest 2d. The Cincinnati Law Library also has numerous practice materials for Indiana, including Shepard’s Indiana Citations, Indiana Practice, Indiana Pleading and Practice with Forms, and the civil and criminal editions of Indiana Pattern Jury Instructions.

Not only does the Law Library possess numerous books covering Kentucky and Indiana law, but it offers a wealth of electronic information. Both WestLaw and Lexis provide access to cases from all jurisdictions, statutes (current and archival), bills and legislation tracking services, administrative regulations, and agency decisions, such as those of the Attorneys General and tax appeal boards. WestLaw and Lexis provide online access to citator services, for those who prefer online cite checking.

These are a few of the many of research options for Kentucky and Indiana law available at the Cincinnati Law Library.

The law library has legal resources, both print and electronic, for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Law Library has, at a minimum each state’s code and court rules. We also have microfiche collections of superceded codes and other archival materials. Unfortunately, the continuing cash shortfall is causing a review of the state materials. Many state-specific practice titles have already been cancelled. Although there is no alternative source for the various state encyclopedia, some are being cancelled due to expense. Key works from specific states, such as Folk on Delaware General Corporation Law, will be retained.

Totidem Verbis ?

In a democratic society like ours, relief must come through an aroused popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people’s representatives.

Felix Frankfurter, Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186, 270 (1962) (dissenting).

2003 Holiday Schedule

January 1, 2003 New Year’s Day

January 20, 2003 Martin Luther King Day

February 17, 2003 Presidents’ Day

April 18, 2003 Good Friday, half day holiday

May 26, 2003 Memorial Day

July 4, 2003 Independence Day

September 1, 2003 Labor Day

October 13, 2003 Columbus Day

November 4, 2003 Election Day, half day holiday

November 11, 2003 Veterans’ Day

November 27, 2003 Thanksgiving Day

December 24, 2003 Christmas Eve, half day holiday

December 25, 2003 Christmas

December 31, 2003 New Year’s Eve, half day holiday