George Simons | November 18, 2022
Summary: You can search the status of your debt lawsuit case with SoloSuit's list of statewide case lookup tools.
The United States judicial system provides different options for residents to check the status of their cases. For example, if you have a case in court, you can track its progress at the state or federal level. The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service is widely used at the federal level. At the state level, the procedure varies from state to state.
We've included a list of statewide case lookup tools for all available states. You can search for your case if it's at a state level here. If there is no lookup tool for your state, try searching for a lookup tool with your county (most courthouse websites have one on their website). If it's on a federal level, check with PACER.
|State||Case Lookup Tool|
|Alabama||Unavailable: check county|
|Alaska||Alaska Case Search|
|Arkansas||Arkansas Case Search|
|Arizona||Arizona Case Search|
|California||Unavailable: check county list|
|Colorado||Colorado Case Search|
|Connecticut||Connecticut Case Search|
|Delaware||Delaware Case Search|
|Florida||Florida Case Search|
|Georgia||Georgia Case Search|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Case Search|
|Idaho||Idaho Case Search|
|Illinois||Illinois Case Search|
|Indiana||Indiana Case Search|
|Iowa||Iowa Case Search|
|Kansas||Kansas Case Search|
|Kentucky||Kentucky Case Search|
|Louisiana||Unavailable: check county|
|Maine||Maine Case Search|
|Maryland||Maryland Case Search|
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Case Search|
|Michigan||Michigan Case Search|
|Minnesota||Minnesota Case Search|
|Mississippi||Mississippi Case Search|
|Missouri||Missouri Case Search|
|Montana||Montana Case Search|
|Nebraska||Nebraska Case Search|
|Nevada||Unavailable: check county|
|New Hampshire||New Hampshire Case Search|
|New Jersey||Unavailable: check county|
|New Mexico||New Mexico Case Search|
|New York||New York Case Search|
|North Carolina||North Carolina Case Search|
|North Dakota||North Dakota Case Search|
|Ohio||Unavailable: check county|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma Case Search|
|Oregon||Oregon Case Search|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Case Search|
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island Case Search|
|South Carolina||South Carolina Case Search|
|South Dakota||South Dakota Case Search|
|Tennessee||Tennessee Case Search|
|Texas||Unavailable: check county list|
|Utah||Unavailable: check county|
|Vermont||Unavailable: check county|
|Virginia||Virginia Case Search|
|Washington||Washington Case Search|
|West Virginia||Unavailable: check county|
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin Case Search|
|Wyoming||Wyoming Case Search|
PACER is an online public access service for US federal court documents. You can use this system to access case and docket information from US district courts, courts of appeals, and the US bankruptcy courts.
In this article, we'll use a bankruptcy case as an example. Bankruptcy cases are usually filed through federal courts, not through state courts.
To check the status of a bankruptcy case via PACER, register for a PACER account. You won't need to pay any registration fee when signing up for an account with PACER. However, you may be required to pay a fee to access court documents.
PACER charges $0.10 per page. The online tool also charges $3 per document, such as a docket, motion, judgment, brief, or order. You won't be charged more than $3 to access these kinds of documents.
You'll also be charged anytime you perform a search. The charges are usually based on the number of pages generated from the search results. Additionally, you'll still be charged even if the page displays No Matches Found. It's also important to note that there's no maximum fee for these searches.
If you need to access an audio file, PACER charges $2.40 per file. These files are provided in .mp3 format. However, not all court hearings come with audio files.
Ultimately, it can be expensive to use PACER, especially if you're not aware of the charges involved and how to limit them. So here are some useful tips to help you get the most out of PACER while limiting the fees simultaneously.
Avoid conducting random searches when using this tool. Instead, search by case number to head straight to the case. This tactic prevents you from conducting additional searches after the initial one.
When you conduct random searches, such as by name, you'll most likely receive a high number of page searches. Remember, PACER charges $0.10 per page, meaning the higher the search results, the higher the fees involved.
The search filter option allows you to view only the search results you need. For example, you can exclude Parties and Counsel from the search results if that's not what you're looking for in that particular case. These options are usually enabled by default.
Searching the status of a case by looking up a specific court allows you to limit the search results to a specific court rather than using the PACER Case Locator. This is because the latter provides search results based on a pool of nationwide courts, while the former narrows down the results to a specific court.
For instance, if you're looking for the case status of a bankruptcy case filed in Washington but are unsure which county, you can use the Case Locator tool to search multiple counties at once rather than conducting one search per county, which is expensive and time-consuming.
You can use PACER to look up the status of bankruptcy cases filed through the US bankruptcy courts. You'll need the following information to check the status of a bankruptcy case through this web application:
As stated earlier, it's always advisable to search by case number. This narrows down the search results to a specific page, saving you money in the process.
Apart from bankruptcy cases, you can use PACER Case Locator to look up other cases by case number, party name, social security number, employer identification number, filing date, nature of suit, and close date.
Some states allow residents to check bankruptcy case status online for free. However, the process of checking case status varies from state to state. For instance, in Washington, you can access basic court information through the state's Voice Case Information System (VCIS). This system is connected to the federal court's electronic case file stem.
When using the VCIS system, you'll receive limited information such as the case number, debtor, debtor's attorney, contact information, trustee's name, filing date, case status, name of the presiding judge, etc.
All bankruptcy courts in the US have the VCIS telephone information system. You can access this system 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can also access physical copies of the court records from the court clerk's office either by physically visiting the clerk's office or filing a request online. Either way, you'll be required to provide the following information:
You may need to pay a certain fee to request a physical copy of a bankruptcy case. These fees vary from state to state.
You can check the status of your case in three ways:
Although PACER is the most popular option, you'll be charged to view the search results. For this reason, always remember to search by case number to narrow down to a specific case.
The PACER and VCIS options are available 24 hours a day. However, the PACER option might not display some results on the same day of filing the case. This is because some cases are updated in real-time, while others may take up to 24 hours to update.
If the statewide lookup tools or PACER cannot find your case, you can always call the court directly to have them look up your case status for you. All you have to do is call and give the clerk your case number. Find your court's contact information on SoloSuit's website.
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