Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Increased Access To Federal Court Materials

The Judicial Conference of the Untied States approved measures aimed at increasing access to federal court materials. Approved actions include:

1. Modification of the fee schedule for Public Access to Electronic Court Records (PACER) to allow free access up to $10 per quarter (rather than $10 per year).

2. Establishment of a pilot program under which up to 12 courts may publish court opinions via the Government Printing Office's (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys).

3. Modification of the program to make audio recordings of court hearings available. (Previously such recordings were available via the court clerk's office via CD for a substantial fee. Audio will now be available via PACER for a fee of $2.40.)

For additional information see the news release of the U.S. Courts.

Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog and The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes