Viewing Restricted Documents

(PSRs, Civil Immigration Cases, and Civil Social Security Cases)

Restricted documents are documents that are not remotely viewable by the general public but may be remotely viewable by counsel of record in a case. Examples of restricted documents are presentence investigation reports (PSRs), social security case documents, and civil immigration case documents.  Some restricted documents are also viewable at the Clerk’s Office public terminals, such as documents in social security cases and civil immigration cases.  This tip sheet explains how attorneys of record may access some restricted documents remotely.

Warning Screens
Not all restricted documents are viewable.  Documents with the following warning screens may be remotely viewable by certain users:
· Warning – This document is restricted to specific users.
· Warning – This document is restricted to court users and the applicable party.
· Warning – This document is restricted to court users, case participants, and public terminal users.

Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs)
Restricted documents cannot be accessed via the document link in the NEF.  Viewing restricted documents requires the combination of (1) the user's CAED ECF login and password, and (2) the user's PACER login and password.  Logging into ECF verifies that you are a participant in the case who is authorized to view the document remotely.  Thus, restricted documents cannot be accessed via PACER exclusively.  Please note:  A sealed document is not remotely viewable by anyone.

Steps to Remotely View a Restricted Document
Take the following steps to remotely view a restricted document once you have received the NEF:

STEP                                                                   ACTION

1.               Go to your browser to access the CAED ECF system and log in using your ECF login and password. 
                  DO NOT use your PACER login and password at this point. 

                  · The filing user may not be able to view the document if someone else 
                  (i.e., any secondary e-mail addressees associated with the filing user’s account) clicks
                  on the NEF and attempts to view the document first because the system believes that 
                  the one free look has been used.

2.               Click on Reports on the blue taskbar and then Docket Sheet.  At this point, you will be prompted for your PACER 
                  login and password.  Enter your PACER information.

3.               Enter the case number and click Run Report.

4.               Click on the document number for the filing you would like to view.  You will see the warning message indicating 
                  the document is restricted.  Click on View Document.

5.               Save or print the document.