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GPO & Federal Judiciary Provide Access To More Than One Million Federal Court Opinions

This is an important milestone! (It is important to note that this project has Court Opinions, and does not include everything in the notorious PACER system. See FDsys Court Opinions Project and PACER.)

GPO Press Release:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2015
No. 15-18

GPO & Federal Judiciary Honored For Providing Access To More Than One Million Federal Court Opinions

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Federal Judiciary have been honored with a 2015 Digital Government Achievement award in the Government-to-Government category for providing the public digital access to 1.4 million Federal court opinions on GPO’s Federal Digital System. Since the program was approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States and GPO’s congressional oversight committee, the Joint Committee on Printing in 2011, there been more than 300 million retrievals of opinions from 104 Federal courts. The content of this collection dates back to April 2004. The secure transfer of files to GPO from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) allows GPO to authenticate the files with digital signatures. Once an opinion is located, all associated opinions within the same case can be accessed from that opinion

View opinions on FDsys: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=USCOURTS&browsePath=CourtType4&isCollapsed=false&leafLevelBrowse=false&ycord=0

“This is a tremendous honor and milestone for our partnership with the Federal Judiciary in providing the public access to these import court opinions,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks. “This success shows the scope of GPO’s publishing capabilities by providing the technology to make all Government information available to the public in one authentic, digital repository. GPO will continue to work with the Federal Judiciary to make more opinions digitally available to the public.”

Federal courts adopt uniform rules for judicial discipline

The Judicial Conference of the United States has announced the adoption of uniform standards for the first nationally binding judicial discipline rules among the federal Circuit courts. The standards curtail the decentralized self-regulatory system that let individual circuit’s set their own standards and closed “jurisdictional gaps,” according to Judge Ralph K. Winter of the 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and chair of the Conduct Committee that compiled the reforms. The changes were made in response to recommendations by a special committee chaired by Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and pressure from some in Congress to improve implementation of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980, the basis of federal judicial discipline.