PACER is Under Review

pacerNo, I’m not talking about the bubble like two-door compact automobile sold by the American Motors Corporation between 1975 and 1980.
I’m talking about the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system (aka PACER), which provides on-line access to U.S. Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy court records. The access is free, however, if you need to print off of the site, there is an $.08 per page charge. In this new era of transparency and open government, many feel that this is unfair.

In response to this criticism, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, has announced that the Federal Judiciary has undertaken a year-long, comprehensive program assessment of PACER. The goal is to identify potential enhancements to existing services and new public access services that could be provided. According to the website, information will be gathered through “focus groups, interviews, and surveys.”.

Hopefully, their recommendation will be to drop the printing charges.

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