Checking The Court Docket Manually Is So Outdated: Docket Alarm API

Candice McMillan, January 22nd, 2013

Docket AlarmAnyone who’s experienced the process of a federal court case and the admin involved, will be aware of the time consuming process that can be involved in constantly checking the court docket for developments. Docket Alarm exists to make the process of checking the docket a lot more simple and convenient. It brings all of the user’s active cases together online or on a mobile device, automatically sending litigation notifications when applicable, and ultimately reducing legal costs. The Docket Alarm API makes this functionality available to be integrated with other applications.


Docket Alarm provides immediate updates for litigation activity for district courts, circuit courts, International Trade Commission (ITC), bankruptcy courts and trademark filings, notifying the user when filings take place, deadlines are approaching, or when court appearances have been moved. Docket Alarm also provides users with the option to perform legal research. The company has access to every decision and order from every Federal court in the United States, which means that user’s can find cases and orders that they may not be able to find on lexis, westlaw, or Google scholar.

Docket Alarm’s API allows developers to access the court’s system as well as download documentation. The four functions currently available are login (log into the Docket Alarm API), searchpacer (search PACER for dockets), getdocket (get current information for a particular docket) and the ability to retrieve documents associated with the docket. The API uses REST calls and will return JSON or PDF. More information is available on the Docket Alarm website.

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