Provide a link to RECAP docket from PACER case summary page
When you look up a case in PACER using the query function, you get to a summary page (before you have ever been charged for anything) which gives you something like:
3:08-cv-04373-VRW Jewel et al v. National Security Agency et al
Vaughn R. Walker, presiding
Date filed: 09/18/2008
Date of last filing: 12/17/2009
Case File Location...
Docket Report ...
View a Document
If you hover your cursor over any of those links, you'll see that they
all end in "207206" which is the PACER case number for this case. I can then take that info and go to:
to check out the RECAP docket first without ever being charged by PACER. And since the PACER summary page tells me the date of last filing, I can typically surmise whether the RECAP docket is up-to-date or not, before I decide whether to pay for it on PACER.
Make this process easier for misers by providing a link to the RECAP docket (and perhaps providing the date of its last update) right there on the PACER summary page.
Thanks for the suggestion! In case anyone missed it, we implemented this feature in a recent update to RECAP. See the link below for more details