Search for a Bankruptcy Case

Searching for Bankruptcy Cases Overview

Federal bankruptcy cases are heard in federal bankruptcy courts.  To see a map of locations of federal courts (which include bankruptcy courts), click on the following link http://www.uscourts.gov/courtlinks

To view pleadings or find information on the bankruptcy case, you will need to find the bankruptcy case and its corresponding court docket. 

To find bankruptcy cases, court dockets, and filed pleadings a PACER login and password are required.  To establish a PACER login and password, click on the following link http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/psco/cgi-bin/register.pl

Once you establish a PACER login and password, you can find a specific case, court docket or filed pleading by logging into the national federal court computer database by clicking on the following link https://pacer.login.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl?court_id=00idx

If you do not know the state in which the case is being held, you can search the national federal court website by clicking on the following links: 

How to use court links depends on the specific information you need.  Below are a few common searches:

  • To search for a bankruptcy case or a party to a bankruptcy case:
    • Do you know the name of the court in which the bankruptcy case is being heard?  If yes, you can use this link to help you find the website address of that court: http://www.uscourts.gov/ and for a fee you can access the court docket and filed pleadings.  In order to login to these federal court websites, you will need a PACER login and password.  To obtain a PACER password, go to the following website and register.
  • To search for a specific states federal court website:
    • Use http://www.uscourts.gov/ and search for the state in which the bankruptcy case is occurring.  If you do not know the state in which the case is occurring, you may wish to use the national PACER website link listed below.

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