Record Retention and Retrieval/Request For Copies

The District of South Carolina began electronic case filing(CM/ECF) in February, 2005, therefore case files are no longer maintained at the Clerk's Office. If you are an attorney and registered as a Filing User in our District, the case dockets and documents maintained electronically are available over the internet at https://ecf.scd.uscourts.gov or by using  PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records).

Public access computer terminals are located in the lobby of each divisional Clerk's Office at Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville. Case information may be researched by case number, party name or filing date range. Docket information is available for civil cases filed after 1990 and criminal cases filed after 1992. The fee for printing from these terminals is $ .10 per page.

The fee for copy work performed by the Clerk's Office is $ .50 per page which must be paid in advance of the service. Certified copies are $11.00 each. Large quantity copy orders will be sent to a contracted printing service and fee payment must be coordinated by the requestor with the service. Because prepayment is required, copy requests must be in person or in writing. Phone requests are not accepted. A link to forms for requesting copies is provided below. If known, please select the Copy Request Form for the divisional office managing the case and fax to the number on the form. The number of pages to be copied will be determined and you will be telephoned with the total fee and an estimate of time to complete the task. Completed copy work can be either picked up at our office or can be mailed to you at your request. If you intend to pick up the completed copy work you should contact the divisional office most convenient to you.

Closed files and/or documents not available electronically are maintained at the National Archives and Records Administration(NARA) in East Point, Georgia (www.archives.gov). NARA has recently updated their forms, implemented changes to their service offerings/copy fees and removed the maximum page count limitation for copy requests. For your convenience, NARA offers an automated online ordering system to the public located at www.archives.gov/research/order . For requests of 30 pages or less, your order can be scanned and emailed to you in PDF using the Record Center's "SmartScan" at www.archives.gov/frc/smartscan.html .

If you wish to view the file, the fee for the clerk to retrieve the first box of records from NARA is $64.00, and $39.00 for each additional box requested, payable in advance. All requests require the Accession Number and Location Number of the case file at NARA. Many of these numbers are listed by the case year and number in FORMS section under Record Retrieval.  If the case is not on this listing, the Accession Number and Location Number must be obtained from the Clerk's Office.  Questions regarding access to cases at the Federal Records Center can be addressed to the Clerk's Office. If a file is retrieved from NARA, it may be viewed at the Clerk's Office. If reproduction of documents is desired, the copy fee for work performed by The Clerk's Office will apply.

All fees must be paid in the exact amount as the Clerk's Office does not make change. Cash, personal check, money orders and credit card payments are accepted.