Acceptable forms of payment are cash1, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), checks2, travelers checks, or money orders made payable to Clerk, U.S. Courts.
The public can remotely access any case document, docket sheet, or case-specific report via PACER for $0.10 per page, not to exceed the fee for 30 pages. The 30 page limit does not apply to electronic access to transcripts and non-case specific reports via PACER (such as reports obtained from the PACER Case Locator or docket activity reports). Electronic access to an audio file of a court hearing is also available via PACER for $2.40 per audio file. By Judicial Conference policy, no fee is owed for electronic access to court data or audio files via PACER until an account holder accrues charges of more than $15.00 in a quarterly billing cycle, effectively making the service free for most users. PACER is available to anyone who registers for an account. Please go to http://www.pacer.gov to register.
You may come to the court and request copies of electronic documents at a cost of $0.50 per page. We accept cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), checks, travelers checks, or money orders made payable to Clerk, U.S. Courts.
You may mail a written request and a photocopy fee of $0.50 per page in the form of a check, travelers check, or money order made payable to Clerk, U.S. Courts. Please include the case name, case number, and the title of the documents which you wish to have photocopied. In addition, please include your name, address, and telephone number. Mail your request to Clerk's Office USCA, Mail Remittance, 600 S. Maestri Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130.
Obtaining Page Counts
If you wish to obtain photocopies of court documents, but do not know the number of pages, call (504)310-7700 and a member of the Clerk's office will give you a page count. Please have the case number, case title, and description of document ready when you call.
1The Fifth Circuit is one of the few courts that still maintains an Imprest Fund to make exact change for customers with over the counter cash transactions. The Treasury Department urged our court to eliminate this fund, as part of a wider effort to reduce the number of such funds in the judiciary and executive branches. Our records indicate that very few customers (only two in the past year) rely upon us to make change during over the counter transactions, so we have determined that we can eliminate the fund as the Treasury Department recommends, without significantly impacting customers. Accordingly, effective September 24, 2014, we will require cash paying customers have exact change.
2 Notice to Customers Presenting Checks
When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account, or to process the payment as a check transaction. For inquiries, please call (504)310-7805.
Privacy Act – A Privacy Act Statement required by 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) stating our authority for soliciting and collecting the information from your check, and explaining the purposes and routine uses which will be made of your check information, is available at (http://www.fms.treas.gov/otcnet/index.html), or call toll free at (1-866-945-7920) to obtain a copy by mail. Furnishing the check information is voluntary, but a decision not to do so may require you to make payment by some other method.
3 Fee normally collected by district court together with the notice to appeal fee prescribed under FRAP Rule 3(e) and 28 U.S.C. 1917.
4 A docketing fee shall not be charged for the docketing of a direct bankruptcy appeal or a direct bankruptcy cross appeal, when the fee has been collected by the bankruptcy court in accordance with Item 14 of the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule.
5 Effective June 1, 2016, this service includes $10 Judiciary administrative fee and two additional Federal Record Center (FRC) fees: (A) $9.90 flat rate fee to pull and refile the record(s) and (B) $0.65 per page fee. The FRC fees are subject to change in accordance with the Inter-Agency Agreement between the AO and the FRC.
*Court of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule promulgated by the Judicial Conference and authorized by 28 U.S.C. 1913.
**Pub. L. 106-518, title I, § 102, Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat.2411, provided that: “For fiscal year 2001 and each fiscal year thereafter, any portion of miscellaneous fees collected as prescribed by the Judicial Conference of the Unites States under sections 1913, 1914(b), 1926(a), 1930(b), and 1932 of title 28, United States Code, exceeding the amount of such fees in effect on September 30, 2000, shall be deposited into the special fund of the Treasury established under section 1931 of title 28.