If you are in the process of filing for Chapter 13 or 7 bankruptcy, you will receive mailings about your case from the court or your lawyer. Peace of mind can be a big deal when you're dealing with bankruptcy, though, and you might want to know more about what's going on or keep a closer watch on your case. While it's always advisable to open lines of communication with your lawyer, you can also create a free account with the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system.
Anyone can create a PACER account. Once you create your account, you can navigate to your bankruptcy court and use your case number to locate documents that have been filed in your case. Documents appear on PACER with short summaries of any court actions or discussions related to the documents shortly after they are filed with the court or the court makes a decision.
While it's free to create a PACER account, you can be charged $.10 for each page of documents you pull up. If you don't exceed more than $15.00 in charges in a quarter, though, all fees are waived. That means you can pull up 150 pages via PACER without being charged.
PACER access doesn't replace the original documents that your lawyer or court will send, and it doesn't help you understand the legal details of each action in your case. What it can do, however, is let you keep track of what is going on in your bankruptcy. PACER can be used 24 hours a day, and on holidays and weekends, providing some peace of mind with quick information when your attorney's office might be closed.
Source: PACER, "Public Access to Court Electronic Records," accessed Nov. 04, 2016