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 user's PACER login and password with NextGen CM/ECF Access.  Logging into NextGen CM/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:


Go to your browser to access the CAED NextGen system and log in using your PACER login and password that has e-filing access to CAED NextGen.

The filing user may not be able to view the document if someone else 
(i.e., any secondary e-mail addresses 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.
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.