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FAQs

  • How much time do you have to file a Notice of Appeal?

    For civil cases you have 30 days from the date that the order was entered to file a Notice of Appeal.  If the U.S. Government is a party to the action, the time for filing a Notice of Appeal is 60 days from the date the order was entered.

  • If I filed a document electronically do I need to submit an original document?

    No. The electronic filing is the original document.

  • How can I obtain copies from the Clerk’s Office?

    Please contact the Clerk’s Office at (570) 207-5600. There is a charge of .50 per page for copies. Additional charges may apply if the record is with the National Archives and Records Administration.

    There is also a public terminal in the Clerk’s Office for viewing dockets and case information.  You may view the case on this terminal and print documents for .10 per page.

  • How can I access court dockets by computer?

    The PACER system allows you to access docket sheets for District Court cases and proceedings. In order to use PACER you will need a computer with internet access. PACER will charge a fee for accessing dockets and documents of .10 cents per page.  In order to register for PACER call the PACER Service Center at 800-676-6856, or register online.

  • My case is closed or archived, what do I do?

    There are two ways to obtain copies of documents from a case that has been transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Northeast Philadelphia Federal Records Center (FRC):

    Place your copy order directly with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) using the forms and procedures provided at their website. In order to complete your request, you will need case accession information. If you have a PACER account, for case years 2000 to present, select QUERY, and CASE FILE LOCATION, and enter the case number in order to find the accession data. For case years 1999 and older, or if you don’t have access to PACER, please contact our Clerk's Office Help Desk in order to obtain case specific archive information. Next, complete the applicable civil or criminal copy order form and FAX or e-mail it to NARA. Please note that as of July 1, 2011, the Northeast Philadelphia Federal Records Center (FRC) Research Room was permanently CLOSED to the public.

    Place your order with the Clerk's Office, at (570) 207-5600. The current retrieval fee is $53.00 per case, and must be paid in advance. It takes approximately 7-14 days for a case to arrive by mail. We will contact you upon receipt of the case, then allow you to view the case documents and place a copy order if desired, at the rate of $.50 per page. When requested, a certified copy (court seal and signature of a deputy clerk) may be obtained for an additional fee of $11.00 per document.

  • How do I get certified copies of documents?

    Certified copies of documents are available directly from the clerk.  The cost is $11.00 per certification plus .50 per page for copies. Please specify the name of the document to be certified and the document number.

  • Should I notify the Court if I move to a different Law Firm?

    Yes, this is very important.  Attorneys should notify the Clerk’s Office in writing of all changes to their firm affiliation and updated changes to phone, address, and email. Correspondence should be directed to:
     

    Maria E. Elkins, Clerk of Court
    William J. Nealon Federal Building
    235 North Washington Avenue
    Scranton, PA 18503

    You must also update your CM/ECF information by logging into your account, then choose Utilities -> Your Account, then Maintain My Email and Maintain My Address, as appropriate.

  • Do I need an attorney to file a complaint?

    No. You may proceed as a pro se litigant. The Clerk’s Office can provide you with the proper forms, and instruct you on procedure.

    However, under no circumstances can we provide legal information.

  • How do I file a complaint?

    You can get the information and forms from any United States District Court Clerk’s Office, or you may click on the Filing Without an Attorney tab, then look for the Pro Se Information and Forms section, then look forComplaint Filing Instructions.

  • I need legal help - who do I contact?

    The United States District Court cannot recommend any attorney.

    In the Scranton Area:
    If you wish to speak with a lawyer, you may contact Northern Pennsylvania Legal Services at 570-342-0184. Or if you are looking for a recommendation about a lawyer, you can contact the Lackawanna Bar Association at 570-969-9161.

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