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RECAP improves the experience of using PACER, the online public access system for the U.S. federal courts.

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Description from store Key points: - This extension was created in 2009 at Princeton and is now run by Free Law Project, a non-profit that's working to improve the American legal system. Please join us in our mission of making the legal system more equitable and competitive. - If you use PACER, this free extension will save you money. Every document you purchase will be uploaded to the "RECAP Archive" and every document others have purchased since 2009 will be available to you for free as you use PACER. - You can use RECAP to create email alerts for federal dockets. - This extension has already added millions of federal filings to the Internet Archive and to a searchable archive at https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/. - As of 2021, we have nearly 500 tons of filings, if they were all printed on single-sided paper. - The more people that use this extension, the more money we all save. Help your friends by uploading content and tell them to install RECAP for you too. RECAP has three main features. First, when you purchase an item on PACER, RECAP anonymously uploads that item to the RECAP Archive hosted at https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/ where it can be searched or downloaded for free by others. Second, before you purchase an item that is in our collection, a link will be provided for you — right inside PACER — to get it for free. Any of the millions of items that have been uploaded so far are already available to you for free. Third, as you're looking at dockets on PACER, you'll see links to get alerts for those dockets via our website, CourtListener.com. The benefit of this system is that the dockets and documents in the PACER system should only need to be purchased once. After that, you can get them for free by clicking a link that's right inside the PACER website. What's even better is that the more people using RECAP, the more items are free and the more money you'll save. All of the items that you purchase are uploaded to the Internet Archive for historical preservation. We are not creating a walled garden. RECAP is compatible with ECF logins and will not upload documents from sealed cases. Learn more at https://free.law/recap/

Latest reviews

  • (2021-06-07) Alexander Tin: Lightweight and easy to use, with nice bonus features that integrate with CourtListener (i.e. easily saving a local copy of the PDF with a neat name) beyond just passively contributing the docs you are buying. Also invaluable for the rare times PACER is acting up or you need to quickly share a link to a doc with somebody else.
  • (2020-03-29) Federico Leva: Extremely easy and productive to use: a RECAP icon discreetly warns you when the resource you're looking at on PACER is already archived on CourtListener or the Internet Archive, saving you tons of money when looking for a docket or document someone else has already paid for. Whenever you download something, the document is sent to the RECAP website without any effort. Another advantage is that you can then use the full text search on the Internet Archive website when other searches fail you!
  • (2019-12-25) Paul Weich: Recap is an important extension, and I love that it is community-supported. I've been using this for years, and have contributed, too.
  • (2019-07-06) CatPad: Wonderful Idea! I'm no lawyer but I have to read Docket time to time for my causes.In addition with original idea,which to provide legal documents free,pay less to PACER,we are grateful because we can share important filing for related people.
  • (2018-05-15) Agatha Cole: Really fantastic idea. If you're a lawyer who uses PACER, please download this extension and give yourself a pat on the back for your passive public service contribution :)
  • (2017-12-31) Wheeler Cowperthwaite: If you use PACER, please use this extension. Please, please, please! It uploads documents for all of us, for free, and shows which documents are already in the archive.
  • (2017-08-16) Jason Thomas: This is amazing and an alternative to paying for court documents on popular cases other people are reading also.
  • (2017-08-07) Timothy Wiseman: Fantastic, though it would be vastly more useful if it supported the appellate courts.
  • (2017-05-08) B Scott Skillman: Love it! help recover commonly seldom viewed documents more frugally.
  • (2017-01-09) Emily Diana: I cant find any of the files Uploaded to Pacer :{
  • (2016-09-23) Malcolm Kim: Brilliant. Telling all my friends and acquaintances.
  • (2014-10-02) Nik Safronenko: Used to work but very bad a month ago, now does not work at all, zero uploads on Pacer activity, while Icon shows it is activated.
  • (2014-06-06) Brian Carver: My favorite extension!
  • (2014-03-11) Boyd Kelly (AIRBOYD): Recent update on PACER is causing this plugin to work funny. null response to docket downloads etc...
  • (2013-08-08) Jim Manley: Everyone who accesses PACER should be using this. It saves money and makes the world a better place. If only it worked on Appellate ECF, too.
  • (2013-06-14) Jason Melvin: Finally came to Chrome, and seems to work very well. Thank you RECAP!

Latest issues

  • (2022-04-17, v:1.2.29) Robin Kemp: Paid docs not showing up on RECAP
    I paid for (manYy) documents but they do not appear this way in RECAP. They have "Buy on PACER" pulldowns. Also, the Chrome extension does not appear in my browser.
  • (2020-08-01, v:1.2.26) Wayne Baker: Limit on files able to download off of RECAP
    I am a regular RECAP user and as a CJA attorney, I regularly access court docs which are then uploaded to RECAP automatically. I was accessing a case on PACER which indicated the docs available on RECAP. After downloading 20 docs available on RECAP, it stopped showing the other docs as available. I signed out and signed back in but it remained the same. Is there an account limit on docs to access via RECAP. Thanks, Wayne Baker [email protected]
  • (2019-07-22, v:1.2.11) Gaby Webb: RECAP not working
    I have downloaded Recap, and all I get is a message to adjust my billing preferences on my PACER account. I have done so, with the help of a PACER tech representative, but still doesn't work, can you offer any suggestions, please? thanks in advance
  • (2019-01-09, v:1.2.10) Haley Firm: Recap Docs Not found
    I used to see the R on docs that I had paid for; however, I cannot see any now. Did the application stop working? Using Chrome for Windows on Desktop in office.
  • (2018-09-10, v:1.2.7) Mike Whitfield: Can't install chrome extension
    The chrome extension no longer seems to work. I get an image error when I try to install the extension.
  • (2018-06-27, v:1.2.7) Michael Goode: Upload doesn't seem to work anymore
    I have been viewing a number of documents and dockets with the extension active but over the last few days none of them have uploaded. I then tried viewing those same things in Firefox (with the Recap add-on active) and it uploaded them fine.
  • (2018-05-30, v:1.2.7) CatPad: How to upload?
    I have lots of previous downloads from PACER,and would like to contribute.(Mostly criminal cases)I just added to my "OPERA"(Using "Install Chrome Extensions",which is Opera extention.It's confusing,but it supposed to work)people says upload doesn't work...How it is now?
  • (2017-09-21, v:0.8.7) Uploaded to public archive
    It tells me "uploaded to public archive" but where? What is the url? How do I find it and link to it?
  • (2017-03-01, v:0.8.7) Diego Rodriquez: cannot find the install button to add to google
    cannot find the install button to add this extension to my google app on my laptop
  • (2016-07-18, v:0.8.7) Sharon Mitchell: Getting docs
    I just downloaded this and would like to know how do you gain access to the documents for free? When i clicked on pacer it came up was a fee.
  • (2016-04-24, v:0.8.7) Christopher Price: Upload Still Broken
    Been a few months since the last report on Chrome Web Store, but I can confirm uploads are still broken. No uploads, no RECAP.
  • (2016-01-25, v:0.8.6) Michael Dorsi: No Uploads
    The upload function does not appear to be working.


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4.7 (38 votes)
Last update / version
2022-02-16 / 1.2.29
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