Hi - thanks for looking me up again!
Part (a)(1) is ANY document that has been filed with the court clerk that's in the court file.
Part (a)(2) is ANY transcript or recording of any hearing that took place before the judge. For instance, if a hearing was held before the judge on the motion to dismiss your case, there would be a transcript from that hearing and you would need it as part of your record on appeal. Otherwise, the appeals court doesn't know what was said at the hearing by the parties, lawyers or judge.
Part (3) is the docket, and probably what you're looking at on pacer - - it has numbers out beside documents, etc. The docket is basically an outline of EVERYTHING that has been filed in the case, the date of filing, the party that filed the document, etc. This is something that the clerk will prepare and submit.
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