**Notice of Fee Increase for Filing a Civil Case**
At its September 2012 session, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved a $50
administrative fee for filing a civil action, suit, or proceeding in a district court.
As a result, the fee for filing a civil case will increase from $350 to $400 effective May 1, 2013.
Amendments to Local Criminal Rules 49.10(c) and 56.5 concerning the implement
ation of electronic filing of indictments and the simplification of language regarding the assignment of judges and case numbers to newly filed c
riminal cases, respectively.
PACER Fee Increase took effect April 1, 2012
An increase in the electronic public access (EPA) fee, from eight cents to 10 cents per page,
took effect on April 1, 2012.
In September 2011 the Judicial Conference of the United States authorized an increase in the
federal judiciary's electronic public access fee in response to increasing costs for
maintaining and enhancing the electronic public access system.
The change was needed to support and improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records
(PACER) system, and to develop and implement the next generation of the judiciary's Case
Management/Electronic Case Filing system.
The EPA fee has not been increased since 2005. As mandated by Congress, the EPA
program is funded entirely through user fees set by the Conference.
The Conference was mindful of the impact such an increase could have on other public
entities and on public users accessing the system to obtain information on a particular case.
For this reason, local, state and federal government agencies will be exempted from the
increase for three years. Moreover, PACER users who do not accrue charges of more than
$15 in a quarterly billing cycle would not be charged a fee. (The current exemption
is $10 per quarter.) The expanded exemption means that 75 to 80 percent of all users will still pay no fee.
Effective November 1, 2011, there is a new District Court Miscellaneous Fee
Schedule. Click here to see the new
Administrative Order No.
11-001 Regarding the revised Policy and Procedure re: Electronic Availability
of Transcripts, effective January 3, 2011.
Administrative Order No.
10-039 Regarding the Adoption of Amended Program Description for Voluntary
Administrative Order No. 10-034
Which increases the attorney admission fee to $200.00, effective June 1, 2010.
Administrative Order No. 08-189 Regarding
the use of cell phones by interpreters.
Administrative Order No. 08-143 Regarding designated areas for cell phone use under
Local Civil Rule 83.4 and Local Criminal Rule 57.4, effective November 3, 2008.
Administrative Order No. 08-071: Policy and Procedure re: Electronic
Availability of Transcripts
Administrative Order No. 08-019
PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING MOTIONS FOR SENTENCING MODIFICATIONS UNDER 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2)
Complaints of Judicial Misconduct or Disability
Judge Bell's Criminal Trial Schedule
Seminars Disclosure Reporting System