Archived Cases Information
Copies of most documents filed January 1997 to present have been scanned and are available on-line through the PACER System. If you are unable to find case records on-line, they may be available from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The NARA is comprised of two divisions, the first being the Federal Records Center (FRC), responsible for the records having been filed from approximately 1995-2002. The second division is the Archive Unit, which is responsible for records prior to 1995.
For most case documents not available on PACER, you may request certified or uncertified photocopies of selected documents or the entire case file directly from Federal Records Center. Most case records filed prior to 1995 are not available at the Federal Records Center. For these records please contact the Archive Unit of the NARA directly for instructions on obtaining copies.
Federal Records Center (FRC)
If you need to retrieve a case file, you will need to provide the accession, location and box numbers to the FRC. This information may be obtained two ways. Query the case in PACER if you have an account; then select "Case File Location". You may also call the court's Closed Records Unit at (504) 589-7674 for assistance.
Ordering archived files from the FRC:
Visit The National Archives
Alternatively, you can request records through our Closed Records Unit, (504) 589-7674. The cost is $64 for the first box and $39 for each additional box. Payment may be by credit card, or check payable to "Clerk, U.S. District Court".
Please follow the court’s guidelines below when ordering records through the Closed Records Unit.
NARA Archive Unit
Depending on the case status, some cases from 1995 and prior might be housed in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Microfiche and Microfilm are no longer available through our Records Unit. Effective May 2013 microfiche and microfilm requests need to be submitted through the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Please contact NARA at (817) 551-2051, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: August 1, 2014