According to a memorandum from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts dated April 30, 2001, non-judiciary CM/ECF users will be charged a fee of seven cents per page started July 1, 2001, to access electronic data such as docket sheets and case documents obtained remotely through the PACER system. Effective September, 2003, a cap of thirty pages per document, docket sheet and case-specific report has been approved. Effective January 1, 2005, this fee increased to eight cents per page.
The access fee does not apply to official recipients of electronic documents, i.e., parties legally required to receive service or to whom service is directed by the filer in the context of service under Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Official recipients will receive the initial electronic copy of a document free to download as they see fit, but if they remotely access the document again, they will be charged the access fee.