May 1 Named National Day of PACER Protest, by George H. Pike Information Today NewsBreaks (April 21, 2015).
Advocates for free access to legal information on the internet have proposed May 1 as the National Day of PACER Protest to encourage the federal courts to remove cost barriers to a wealth of information from the nation’s courts. PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) is a service of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts’ Public Access and Records Management Division. It allows access to most of the documents that are part of litigation filed in the federal trial and appeals courts. This access, however, comes at a cost and has a user interface that one critic describes as “an inexplicable unusable disaster.”