Instructions for Exempt Usage
CJA PACER accounts are exempt from PACER fees when activated by the user. In the past, CJA users had separate PACER accounts for private and CJA work. This is no longer the procedure. You will use the same account for private work as CJA work. Use the following guidelines to ensure you can access the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system for free when performing CJA duties:
When logging in to a court that uses the legacy system, enter an “X-” in front of your username to indicate your exempt.
When logging in to a court that uses the upgraded CM/ECF system, enter your credentials to log in, and then use the toggle switch to self-select your exempt status
NOTE: If you are logged in as a CJA attorney, make sure you are only doing CJA work. Exempt usage is closely monitored by the court, and you will be subject to charges if you are not doing exempt work.