There is no new good news about PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), but at least the issues are being aired and investigated.
On Tuesday, June 22, the Advisory Committee on Transparency will host a briefing entitled “Transparency Made Easy: How to Make the Government More Open and Accountable” (announcement).
There are useful background documents about PACER listed in the announcement:
- One pager description of The Problem with PACER, Princeton University, June 15, 2010
- What Does It Cost to Provide Electronic Public Access to Court Records, Stephen Schultze, May 29, 2010
- Electronic Public Access Fees and the United States Federal Courts’ Budget: An Overview, September 4, 2009, Working Paper by Stephen? Schultze.
- RECAP “Better Access to Public Court Records.” (RECAP is a free extension for Firefox that improves the experience of using PACER, the electronic public access system for the U.S. Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts.)
Kudos to Stephen Schultze, a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, for the excellent work he continues to do in this area!!
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