Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The National Law Journal's Blog of LegalTimes (BLT) reports here that the Judicial Conference voted to approve greater free access to federal court documents. Under the new rule, members of the public will be able to have free access to up to ten dollars worth of documents each quarter. Previously, the public was allowed free access to ten dollars worth of documents in an entire year. This means that 75% of PACER users will have free access, while high volume users will continue to be charged. In addition to the increased free access to documents through PACER, the Judicial Conference also voted to reduce the cost of obtaining digital recordings of certain court proceedings from $26 to a mere $2.40, and all federal courts that record their proceedings will be encouraged to make the recordings of their proceedings available for purchase.