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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Federal Courts To Increase Public Access By Decreasing PACER Cost

The Blog of the Legal Times reported on March 16, 2010 that the judicial conference of U..S. Courts in a closed door meeting voted to increase public access by increasing from 10 dollars a year to 10 dollars a quarter the amount of free access to PACER. The conference also decreased the cost of audio recordings that are available as a result of a pilot project.

Chief Justice Roberts, are you kidding?? Lets get with the program. It should be completely free to sit in court or to listen and yes, see court proceedings. Court documents should be completely free. That is all court documents. For years, specialists and large law firms had an advantage because they were the only ones who had access to unreported decisions. This is changing, but the change has not gone far enough. Documents should be on the internet just like everything else.

With respect to PACER, everything these days is put online by the attorneys so I fail to see how charging the public is anything other than a way of increasing revenue and limiting access. Enough!!!

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

PS

If anyone thinks Chief Justice Roberts will I have a bridge I can sell you.

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