FAQs

  • How can I contact the court if I’m experiencing problems with CM/ECF?

    Scranton - 1-866-263-8479
    Harrisburg - 1-866-333-3261
    Williamsport - 1-866-736-3914

  • I need information about divorce, child custody, inheritance, real estate, juvenile or traffic violations.

    These types of cases are handled by your local county court.

  • I think someone is a) Corrupt b) Illegally in the U.S. or c) a Terrorist.

    If someone is any of the above, or is breaking the law in some other way, you may want to contact the United States Attorney’s Office. They are the people that can investigate and prosecute a criminal case.

  • 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.
  • 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 for Complaint Filing Instructions.

  • 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.

  • 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:

    Gary L. Hollinger, Acting Clerk of Court
    William J. Nealon Federal Building
    235 North Washington Avenue
    Scranton, PA 18503
  • 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. 

  • 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 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.

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